Man charged with burglarizing home…while awaiting trial for robbery

Paris Smith was arrested outside the home near Hudson and Armitage. | CPD; Multiplottr

An Englewood man is accused of burglarizing an Old Town home this month while he was free on a recognizance bond, awaiting trial for robbery.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at a home on the 1900 block of North Hudson around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 5. When they arrived, officers allegedly saw 27-year-old Paris Smith behaving oddly in a vehicle outside the home. 

While cops were speaking with Smith, other officers allegedly found a side window broken out of the home and an iPad and a coat on the home’s front porch.

After a nearly hour-long investigation, police arrested Smith and prosecutors charged him with felony residential burglary. Judge Susana Ortiz set bail for the burglary charge at $50,000 and ordered Smith to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond. Ortiz also ordered Smith held without bail for violating the terms of a recognizance bond he received for a June robbery case.

On June 17, a man called police to an address in the Garfield Park neighborhood and told them that Smith had robbed him a month before. Police checked their records and learned that detectives wanted to talk with Smith about the robbery after the victim identified him in a photo array. 

According to court records, Smith robbed the man of his wallet, cash, and a Ventra card on May 15. Smith was also wanted for allegedly throwing a brick through a woman’s apartment window, police said. Cops arrested Smith.

Judge Arthur Willis released him on a recognizance bond the next day after prosecutors filed felony robbery and misdemeanor criminal damage charges,

As of Thursday evening, Smith remains held without bail for the robbery case.

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