Suspected double-murderer who sparked Amber Alert is on bail for reckless homicide and 2 gun cases

Clarence Hebron | CPD

A suspected double-murderer who sparked an Amber Alert across Chicagoland on Friday evening is on bail for allegedly killing a woman while fleeing police and for two separate Class X felony armed habitual criminal gun crimes.

Clarence Hebron, 32, had been held without bail on those cases for over a year until a Cook County judge agreed to release him on just $15,000 bond in July.

Hebron has not been charged with Friday’s murder of 26-year-old Jessica Beal and her brother in Riverdale, but police identified him as the suspect in an Amber Alert after Beal’s 1-year-old boy went missing following the homicides. The boy has since been located.

Incredibly, Hebron was also on bail for the two armed habitual criminal cases when he allegedly killed a woman while fleeing police in April last year.

Two gun cases, two bail bonds, then homicide

Hebron is awaiting trial for two separate major gun cases in which he is charged with a total of two counts of Class X armed habitual criminal, five counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

In early 2019, Chicago police and federal agents raided Hebron’s home and recovered a firearm, a source said. Hebron wasn’t home at the time, but his girlfriend and newborn baby were. Police eventually found him, and prosecutors charged him in the case.

The second gun case also started in early 2019. In that incident, cops allegedly found a gun in Hebron’s car after he crashed the vehicle while police followed him on the South Side. He got away, but officers later arrested him at work, according to CPD records.

Hebron was released on bail for both cases.

Just a couple of months later, Hebron again sped away from officers when they tried to stop him for a traffic violation in Englewood on the afternoon of April 18, 2019.

Prosecutors say he crashed his car into a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Dana Hubbard. She died a few days later. He’s charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing causing bodily injury, and driving on a revoked license resulting in injury or death. A judge ordered him held without bail.

Hebron remained in jail without bail for over a year until his lawyer filed a motion to reduce bail in late June. Three days later, Cook County Judge Dennis Porter slashed Hebron’s bail to $50,000 on each of the three cases.

Hebron posted a deposit bond of $15,000 — equal to 10% of the bail total — and went home July 7, according to court records.

Now, authorities say Hebron is on the run and suspected of killing two more people. They believe he is driving a silver 2009 Dodge Caravan with Illinois plates CA96676.

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