Man charged with pot distribution while on bond for attempted murder

Luis Melendez | CPD

A man who’s accused of shooting a robbery victim in the West Loop was on bond last week when prosecutors charged him with a fresh felony case for manufacture-delivery of cannabis. He is at least the third person recently charged with a new felony in Chicago while on bond for attempted murder.

In August 2017, a 27-year-old man was shot during a robbery in the West Loop that yielded the offenders $50,000 worth of jewelry and $15,000 cash from three victims. Luis Melendez, 23, is accused of pistol-whipping one victim and shooting another who was trying to run away.

He posted a $10,000 deposit to get out of jail and is still awaiting trial on the attempted murder allegations.

On August 26, police pulled him over for a traffic violation in Humboldt Park and allegedly found 141 grams of pot, $1,410 cash, and a digital scale in his car.

During a bond hearing on the new charges, private defense attorney Craig Campbell told Judge Mary Marubio that Melendez has “no convictions of any kind” and has “complied with all conditions” of his bail bond “except this.”

Marubio ordered Melendez held without bail for violating the terms of his release in the attempted murder case. She set bail for the cannabis accusations at $5,000.

CWBChicago recently reported on two other men charged with committing felonies while on bond for attempted murder cases.

Wesley Addison, accused of shooting a man in 2017, was on electronic monitoring when he bailed out of a car and ran from police with a handgun sticking out of his bookbag, prosecutors said.

Raymond Stewart, 36, was on bail awaiting trial for allegedly shooting a man when police allegedly found him carrying 49 Xanax pills, three grams of cocaine, and a digital scale on his moped last month.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered both men without bail for violating their earlier bonds.

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