A felon, a parolee, and a guy with a pending felony gun case drive to a Ross Dress For Less…
It sounds like a joke. Except the only joke here are the charges prosecutors pursued against them.
A little before 8 p.m. Wednesday, cops who stopped a car for a traffic violation in the parking lot of Ross Dress For Less, 918 West Montrose, saw a “leafy substance,” legal jargon for suspected marijuana, in the car’s ashtray, according to prosecutors. The officers asked the car’s three occupants to step out.
Police searched the car for narcotics and wound up finding three loaded handguns inside the center console, prosecutors said. One of the guns was allegedly equipped with an extended ammunition magazine. The three men were arrested.
Prosecutors said the men are Marcus Taylor, 30, who was on bail for another pending felony gun case; Jerry Glover, 22, who has two prior felony narcotics convictions; and Isaiah Robinson, 23, who is on parole for a felony gun conviction.
But prosecutors only charged the men with one count of misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon each. During a misdemeanor bond court hearing, Judge Susana Ortiz asked an assistant state’s attorney if more serious charges were being considered. The prosecutor said no.
So, Ortiz ordered Robinson held on a parole violation and set bail in the misdemeanor gun case at $5,000. He’ll need to post $500 and go onto electronic monitoring after clearing up the parole matter.
Marcus Taylor was held on $25,000 bail for violating the terms of his pending felony gun case and $5,000 on the new misdemeanor charge. He needs to post a $3,000 deposit to get out.
Glover will need to post a $500 deposit to be released.