A man who was supposed to be on home electronic monitoring while awaiting trial for his alleged role in an armed robbery that resulted in the victim being shot was found walking down the street with a handgun in a shoulder bag this week, prosecutors say.
But the story of Andrew White is probably best started in 2018 when he was caught carrying a gun while on probation for yet another gun conviction. He eventually pleaded guilty to the second gun case and received a one-year prison sentence.
While on parole for his second gun case, he and an accomplice robbed a man last summer, Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste said. The accomplice allegedly displayed a gun and demanded the victim’s money, but the victim refused to cooperate. So, the accomplice pistol-whipped him twice in the face, Auguste said. When the victim still refused to turn over his money, the accomplice allegedly shot him in the leg. The gun jammed when the accomplice tried to shoot him again, Auguste said.
White and his partner allegedly took the man’s money and ran. They were arrested, and prosecutors charged White with armed robbery by discharging a firearm and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm. A judge ordered him held without bail last August.
He remained in jail until mid-June of this year. That’s when Judge Ursula Walowski agreed to let him go home on electronic monitoring if he posted a $5,000 deposit. He did that two days after she made her ruling, court records show.
While still on electronic monitoring this week, White just happened to walk into a gangway where two Chicago cops were on patrol, Auguste said. White saw the cops and took off running with a crossbody bag that looked like it was “weighted down,” according to Auguste. They caught him in an alley and found his bag under a nearby car, Auguste said.
The bag allegedly contained a loaded handgun that was equipped with an extended ammunition magazine.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged him with Class X armed habitual criminal, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting police,
White’s public defender said he is 22-years-old and has two children. She argued that police never saw White actually holding the gun.
But Judge David Navarro was not convinced. He granted Auguste’s request to deny bail in the new case. Navarro also ordered White held without bail for violating terms of release and electronic monitoring in the robbery and shooting allegations.