A man who’s on electronic monitoring for trying to rob a store of its cash register while indicating that he had a gun was charged on Friday with wrapping aluminum foil around his ankle monitor and leaving his home to rob a different store of its cash register at gunpoint this week.
Back on June 1, prosecutors said Kameron Stevenson entered a store, went behind the counter, and got into a fight with the cashier as he tried to take control of the cash register the evening before.
At one point, Stevenson allegedly put his hand inside his hoodie pocket as if he had a gun and repeatedly asked the clerk, “Do you want to die?”
He then picked up the register and began to walk out with it. But the cashier confronted him again, and Stevenson threw the cash register at the employee and ran away, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Burkhardt said at the time.
The entire incident was captured on video with sound, Burkhardt said. Police arrested Stevenson about an hour later as they responded to an unrelated incident and noticed that he looked like the robber.
Burkhardt said Stevenson was convicted of armed robbery as a juvenile in 2019 for robbing a CTA passenger while armed with a BB gun.
Judge Mary Marubio ordered Stevenson to post a $2,500 deposit to go home on electronic monitoring. He did that on August 20.
There was a strong sense of déjà vu during Chicago’s felony bond court hearing Friday when Stevenson, 19, was brought before Judge Susana Ortiz to face new charges of armed robbery charge and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Assistant State’s Attorney Sergio Gomez told Ortiz that Stevenson walked behind the counter of a convenience store on the 6000 block of South Kedzie on Thursday morning and pointed a handgun at the clerk’s face as he tried to take the cash register.
He struggled with the clerk and dropped the register several times on his way out the door, but he managed to get away with the machine, Gomez said.
Surveillance video allegedly shows him and an accomplice opening the register in an alley and then going their separate ways.
Cops arrested Stevenson about an hour later when they saw him on the street and noticed he looked like the robber. Officers said he was carrying a loaded 9-millimeter handgun.
According to Gomez, he was also wearing his Cook County electronic monitoring bracelet, but he wrapped foil around the device in an apparent attempt to defeat the tracking system.
Judge Ortiz granted a state request to hold Stevenson without bail on the new robbery charge. She also ordered him held without bail for a few days on the May robbery case until the judge who’s handling it can review the new developments.