Update: Man charged with vandalizing cop cars

Jerlandus Terrell allegedly damaged CPD vehicles and private property after being released by police. | Google; CPD

Update November 9, 2021 — Jerlandus Terrell pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor criminal damage in exchange for seven days time served. He must also pay restitution under the plea agreement, which was approved by Judge Robert Kuzas.


That didn’t take long.

A West Side man is in police custody (again), charged with vandalizing police cars and officers’ personal vehicles after he was released from the Central District police station early Wednesday.

Police say 33-year-old Jerlandus Terrell admitted to damaging several vehicles that were parked near the station at 1718 South State Street around 2:45 a.m. Surveillance cameras captured images of him damaging the exterior of a nearby restaurant, too, according to police.

Terrell was arrested at 3:35 p.m. yesterday near his home in the Austin neighborhood. Prosecutors charged him with felony damage to government property and three misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property. Judge John Lyke set bail at $5,000 and Terrell went free by posting a 10% deposit bond of $500.

Police yesterday said Terrell vandalized the cars after they released him from custody in connection with a different matter.

The Central District station serves the Loop and other areas between the Chicago River, 31st Street, Halsted Street, and Lake Michigan.

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