#25: Man on bail for 2 felonies had pistol at hospital where his girlfriend was being treated for gunshot wound, prosecutors say (She allegedly told police he shot her.)

Charles Rounds | CPD

Prosecutors this week charged a convicted felon with having a loaded handgun at an Englewood hospital where his girlfriend was being treated for a gunshot wound that she told police and doctors he inflicted on her.

The man, 27-year-old Charles Rounds, was on bail for two felony cases at the time of the alleged shooting — another gun case and a case that accuses him of repeatedly forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him as he held her against her will for two weeks.

Rounds had paid $4,000 to get out of jail on the pending cases, prosecutors said.

Police went to St. Bernard Hospital after Rounds’ girlfriend sought help for a gunshot wound around 11 a.m. Monday, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste and CPD. The woman told police and hospital workers that Rounds beat her up and shot her after an argument — and she warned that he carries a gun, Auguste said. Then, she stopped cooperating with investigators.

Cops pulled a picture of Rounds from a law enforcement database and realized he was standing in the hospital’s ambulance entrance with a white bag, Auguste said. Rounds allegedly dropped the bag and ran when police approached him. He was arrested after a short foot chase, according to Auguste.

As police walked Rounds back to the hospital, a passer-by picked up the white bag and put it into a backpack. Rounds allegedly yelled that the bag was his. Cops took the bag back from the witness and found a loaded handgun with a laser sight attached inside, Auguste said.

Prosecutors charged Rounds with being a felon in possession of a weapon and misdemeanor domestic battery. They did not charge him with shooting the woman as she refused to cooperate.

Auguste said Rounds has two pending felony cases. In one, Rounds is charged with Class X armed habitual criminal. Prosecutors said Rounds ditched a loaded handgun as police chased him on the South Side in February 2020.

At the time, he was on bond for another case in which he’s accused of holding a teenage girl against her will, abusing her, and forcing her to have sex over a period of two weeks, Auguste said.

Rounds invited the girl to his home after meeting her at a party on October 25, 2018, according to Auguste. He then held the teen against her will for two weeks, forced her to have sex three times, punched her, pulled her hair, and burned her with a cigarette lighter, Auguste said. The girl subsequently outcried to her volleyball coach and her mother, according to Auguste. She has visible burn marks and a bruised eye, he said.

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According to Auguste, Rounds posted $3,000 to get out of jail on the pending charges. A judge ordered him to post an additional $1,000 recently after Will County authorities charged him with possessing a stolen ID, Auguste said.

In addition to the pending cases, Rounds has been convicted of two armed robberies — including one in which he allegedly shot at the victim but missed, according to Auguste.

Rounds’ defense attorney said he has two children with a third on the way.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him held without bail on the new allegations and held without bail for violating the terms of bond in his two pending cases. He will also be held in lieu of $100,000 on the Will County case, she said.

Rounds is due back in court June 30.

While Rounds is not charged with shooting his girlfriend Monday, he is the 25th person accused by prosecutors of shooting, trying to shoot, or killing someone in Chicago this year while on felony bond.

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