Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on Monday said cops arrested more than 100 people for looting and other crimes during a social media-fueled crime wave in the downtown area earlier that day.
Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, speaking to the press as looters continued to rip through the city’s stores, called on judges and prosecutors to hold looters and rioters responsible.
If Brown and Lightfoot were expecting Cook County’s criminal justice leaders to comply with their requests for a stricter approach, they were sorely mistaken.
The downtown riot’s first felony arrestee appeared in bond court about four hours after the press conference. Accused of striking a cop with a brick, trying to loot the Michigan Avenue Burberry store, criminal damage, and resisting arrest, Demisck Lomax went home the same day by posting a $500 bond.
So, after having a day to think things over, did Cook County’s justice system take a different approach with defendants?
Here’s a look at some of the cases from Tuesday’s felony bond court session. In addition to the individuals profiled here, another 10 adults faced looting-related felony charges Tuesday. The average bond required of those defendants is $350.
$73,000 in merchandise
Police said they saw Jailyn Kelly and another person loading bags and purses into a Kia outside the Gucci store at 900 North Michigan during Monday’s looting. Cops recovered 25 Gucci clothing items, 22 Gucci sunglasses, 3 Gucci purses, and 7 pairs of Gucci shoes worth a combined $40,755 from the car along with another $32,000 worth of merchandise from the nearby Dior boutique.
But police haven’t been able to prove that the Dior items were stolen, so Kelly, age 21, is not charged with taking them — at least not yet. He’s charged with theft and he posted a $1,000 deposit bond to go home.
Separately, police arrested 32-year-old Deandre Florence when they saw him crawling out of a broken window at the Gucci store shortly before 6 a.m., prosecutors said. Florence dropped the Gucci merchandise he was carrying, but other looters swooped in and stole it again, according to police. Store video cameras allegedly recorded Florence inside the store. He posted $300 to go home after prosecutors charged him with looting and disorderly conduct.
A gun on the run
Police said hey saw Jabari Dancy, age 36, run a red light near State and Lake around 12:15 a.m. Monday. He pulled over, then allegedly sped away when cops asked for his insurance. Cops found his minivan abandoned in an alley a short time later, and they arrested him nearby. Police allegedly recovered a loaded handgun and more than a pound of marijuana in his vehicle. He was free on bond for a pending manufacture-delivery of cannabis case.
Prosecutors charged him with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated fleeing, manufacture-delivery of cannabis, and driving on a suspended license.
He will need to post $5,000 and go onto electronic monitoring if freed. However, he’ll also be held without bail for violating the terms of his previous bail bond until a judge can review that matter.
Around 5 a.m., police saw 27-year-old Javonte Williams with what they believed to be stolen merchandise outside a looted store near State and Lake streets. He tried to run when cops approached, but he lost his footing on broken storefront glass and fell, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
Williams got back up and started running again while holding his waistband, according to police, and a loaded 9-millimeter handgun fell to the ground.
Prosecutors charged him with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting police. He’ll need $5,000 to get out of jail.
Byron Moore, a two-time convicted gun offender, received the highest bond of anyone arrested during Monday’s riots. No one even comes close.
Police who responded to a looting call at Louis Vuitton, 909 North Michigan, saw several people piling into a Chrysler 200 that sped from the scene with Moore behind the wheel, according to Murphy. The car happened to have been parked under a street light, so cops were able to clearly see a handgun with an extended ammunition magazine sticking out of Moore’s waistband before he fled, Murphy said. Cops pursued the Chrysler, which crashed. Everyone ran from the car, and officers arrested Moore nearby. A gun with the extended magazine was allegedly found on the driver’s seat of his car.
Prosecutors charged him with armed habitual criminal. He’s on parole for a 2017 charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and he also went to prison for a gun case in 2014.
He’ll need $30,000 to get out of jail, but he may not have that opportunity right away. The Illinois Department of Corrections ordered him held without bail for a parole violation.
Big mouth, small bond
Cops say they walked up to Omar Hall because he was drinking from an open bottle of liquor near Michigan and Erie around 4:50 a.m. Monday. They told him not to go onto Michigan because of the looting.
Hall then blurted out something about being legally able to carry a firearm, Murphy said. Intrigued, the cops asked some follow-up questions as Hall allegedly tried to walk past them. An officer who pushed Hall back reportedly felt an object in the 29-year-old’s waistband. And a loaded handgun was found tucked into the back of Hall’s pants, according to police.
After hearing his Miranda rights, Hall continued talking and said he carried the gun, which he bought “from a crackhead,” because there are a lot of shootings in his neighborhood.
Hall needs to post $100 (yes, one hundred) to go home.
Three men are charged with looting the Apple store at 801 West North Avenue at 5:52 a.m. Monday.
Police who responded to the area to investigate calls of shots fired allegedly saw brothers Darryl and Paul DuPont running out of the store’s side entrance. Cops chased them, and the duo jumped into a Chevy Tahoe that was sitting nearby with Steven Adams behind the wheel, Murphy said. CPD units blocked the car in and all three men were detained.
A bag containing 17 iPhones worth $17,033 was found in the vehicle, according to Murphy.
Darryl DuPont, 40, told police “he is disgusted with himself,” Murphy said. Paul DuPont, age 34, allegedly told police the men “saw people running out with shit from the Apple store,” so he grabbed a bag and “filled it up with shit.”
Adams, 32, said he just sat in his car and talked to his girlfriend on the phone while the DuPonts went inside.
All three men are charged with burglary and looting. Each can go home for $500.
Bye by buy
A CPD lieutenant detained Clint Linzy, age 32, and 25-year-old Jarve Toms-Dixon as the men tried to leave the looted Best Buy store at 1000 West North Avenue at 5:40 a.m. Monday, Murphy said.
Toms-Dixon allegedly told police that he was riding around with his girlfriend when they saw the store getting looted, and he decided to jump into the mix. He grabbed a box from the store — he said he didn’t know what it was, but it was priced at $139 — and put it into his girlfriend’s car. Then, he went back inside for more, Murphy said. That’s when the cop caught him.
Linzy allegedly told police he walked into the Best Buy and looked around the store, but all of the merchandise was gone. The cop arrested him as he tried to leave empty-handed.
“I didn’t even get a chance to steal,” Linzy allegedly moaned to arresting officers.
The two men are charged with burglary, looting, and disorderly conduct. They were given a bond of $250.
A different kind of car jack
Police said they saw 35-year-old Jason Williams using a car jack to pound on the OMEGA watch store’s window at 909 North Michigan at 1:38 a.m. Monday. In bond court on Tuesday, Murphy said Williams threatened approaching officers and then led them on a series of foot chases interspersed with physical altercations. At one point, a slow-passing car struck one officer in his thigh, sending him, Williams, and two other cops to the pavement.
When it was all said and done, three police officers were hospitalized with sprains, bruising, and other injuries, according to Murphy.
After receiving his Miranda warning, Williams allegedly told cops from the back of a squad car, “We’re taking what we want, and if you come over, I will beat your mother fucking ass.”
Prosecutors charged him with three counts of aggravated resisting. He needs a $1,000 deposit bond to go home on electronic monitoring. Murphy said Williams has a pending unlawful use of a weapon case.