Man with “rifle-style” gun had over 130 rounds of ammo during Loop crime spree, prosecutors say

A man who allegedly struck a woman with a large gun and then tried to carjack another woman before he pointed the weapon at responding officers in the Loop on Thursday will have to post $25,000 to get out of jail, a Cook County judge ruled Saturday.

Torey Jones, 29, will also have to go onto electronic monitoring if he comes up with the bond amount, Judge Susana Ortiz said.

“Running around the city streets of Chicago, the downtown area, with a loaded rifle, pointing it at officers and injuring civilians,” Ortiz summarized after hearing the state’s allegations during Jones’ bond court appearance.

Torey Jones and the gun, bullets, and other items police said they seized during his arrest. | CPD

Jones’ alleged spree began when, without saying a word, he hit a 19-year-old woman in the back of the head with the muzzle of a “rifle-style” gun and then pointed the weapon at her in the 100 block of North Wabash around 9:44 a.m., according to police and prosecutors. The woman was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for head injuries, according to police.

Jones then bolted to the intersection of State and Randolph where he pointed the weapon at a 30-year-old woman as he opened her driver’s door and ordered her to get out, prosecutors said. But Jones allegedly ran away when a bystander screamed upon seeing the alleged carjacking attempt unfold.

He then returned to Wabash Avenue and pointed the gun at a cop who confronted him, prosecutors said. After allegedly ditching his weapon under a car, Jones ran for about a block before officers took him into custody. Police recovered 130 rounds of ammunition from Jones, and his “long rifle-style pistol” was equipped with a loaded extended magazine, prosecutors said.

Jones is charged with felony charges of attempted vehicular hijacking with a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault of a police officer, and two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Prosecutors said he was convicted of illegally possessing a firearm in Wisconsin last year. He reportedly received a sentence of 9 months in jail and two year’s probation in that case.

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