Seven-time felon on parole for robbing a Michael Jackson impersonator on the Red Line had a gun on the CTA, prosecutors say

A seven-time convicted felon who is on parole for violently robbing a Michael Jackson impersonator on a downtown Red Line platform faces new felony charges after he was allegedly seen showing off a gun at the Roosevelt CTA station Friday.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered Roderrick Sims, 31, held without bail at the state’s request after hearing about the new allegations and his criminal history.

Roderrick Sims | CPD

You may remember the time we told you about Sims’ frequent arrests near downtown trains stations in 2019. He racked up nine arrests that year and was on electronic monitoring for one of those cases when he and two other men attacked the Michael Jackson performer at, coincidentally, the Jackson Red Line station on November 29, 2019.

The victim saw Sims and a group of accomplices board his train car and then follow him onto the Jackson platform. One of the accomplices slammed the victim down, causing his face to hit the platform. Sims stopped the man from getting up as the robbers emptied his pockets and took his suitcase and bags, according to a Chicago police report.

Police arrested Sims after releasing surveillance images of three offenders to the public. He pleaded guilty last August and was released in December, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Around 6:40 Friday evening, police received calls about a robbery in progress on the 1100 block of South State. At least two 911 callers said a man wearing all white clothing was robbing someone at gunpoint.

Police spotted Sims in the area wearing all white clothing with a bag of marijuana dangling out of his back pocket, prosecutors said. Cops patted him down and allegedly found a loaded handgun bearing a defaced serial number stuffed in his underwear.

Officers never found the robbery victim that people called about. But surveillance cameras at the nearby Roosevelt CTA station allegedly captured video of Sims showing people a gun and then tucking the weapon into his waist.

At the police station, Sims allegedly threatened a sergeant and then took a swing at the officer. The sergeant responded by punching him once in the face, prosecutors said.

They charged Sims with Class X armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon by felon on parole, manufacture-delivery of cannabis, and two misdemeanors.

Sims’ public defender said he lives with his three children, works full-time at a clothing store, and graduated from Lincoln Park High School.

His other felony convictions include theft in 2016, robbery in 2013, and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2011. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to mob action for being part of a group that attacked and robbed a man at the Chicago Red Line station. He received 18 months for that.

State authorities are reviewing his parole status in light of the new allegations.

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