Prosecutors say a Chicago man who was on electronic monitoring lured a car dealer to his home and robbed her at gunpoint when she arrived. But, at least the guy remained true to his electronic monitoring commitment.
Several Cook County electronic monitoring participants found themselves in Chicago’s felony bond court this week to face charges for crimes they allegedly committed when they were supposed to be on home confinement. One of them is charged with arson. Others are charged with having guns and narcotics. One guy had a gun and 50 pounds of weed in the house with him.
But the allegations against Jacquese Fields are next-level.
Field, 26, was ordered to stay in his home on electronic monitoring after prosecutors charged him with selling heroin to undercover cops earlier this year.
Last month, Fields allegedly contacted a car dealer who sells vehicles on Facebook to make a purchase. The dealer suggested a meeting location where they could complete the transaction, but Fields said he couldn’t do that because he had to stay in his house on electronic monitoring, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Burkhardt said this week.
So, the car dealer went to Fields’ home on the West Side. After meeting with the woman outside his home, Fields went back inside and emerged moments later with a handgun pointed at the victim, Burkhardt said.
“Give me everything. You don’t f*cking move,” Fields allegedly warned. Looking at a man the car dealer brought with her, Fields allegedly said, “Tell your b*tch not to move or I’ll shoot her too.”
The 27-year-old woman, who noticed that Fields was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, handed over $221 from her purse. She got back in her car and drove away as Fields continued pointing the gun at them.
“Don’t come back around,” Fields allegedly warned.
The victim told police the guy who robbed her was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet and gave detectives the phone number and address of the person who contacted her to buy the car, Burkhardt said.
Investigators learned that the address and phone number matched the records of a person on electronic monitoring: Jacquese Fields. In fact, Burkhardt said, sheriff’s office records show Fields used the same number when he contacted them about the electronic monitoring program.
Police included Fields’ picture in a photo line-up, and the victim picked him out as the robber, Burkhardt said.
Fields, who has been arrested an average of three times a year since 2014, was also on parole for manufacture-delivery of narcotics at the time of the alleged robbery. He has two previous felony convictions for drugs, too, prosecutors said.
He is charged with two counts of Class X felony armed robbery with a firearm.
Fields’ defense attorney said he has no violent crime convictions in his background, and she urged Judge John Lyke to deny prosecutors’ request to have Fields held without bail.
Lyke agreed that prosecutors did not meet the legal threshold to have Fields held without bail. Instead, Lyke ordered Fields to pay a $1 million cash deposit if he wants to get out of jail on the robbery charges.
He also ordered Fields held without bail for violating the terms of bond in the pending narcotics case.