#34: Two months after posting bail for a felony gun case, he participated in a botched robbery that left the victim dead, prosecutors say

On June 3, hours after Alexsandro Hernandez graduated from high school, Chicago police allegedly found a loaded handgun in his pants during a traffic stop. The next evening, Hernandez’s girlfriend posted $1,000 toward his bail to get him out of jail to await trial on a felony gun charge, records show.

He was back in bond court on Thursday to face much more serious allegations: first-degree murder. Prosecutors said he is part of a three-man team that conspired to rob a man they lured into a bogus gun purchase via Facebook on August 1. The victim was shot to death when the robbery went sideways, Assistant State’s Attorney Danny Hanichak said.

Hanichak said two other people, including the one who shot the victim, remain at large.

Hernandez is the 34th person accused of killing or shooting—or attempting to kill or shoot—someone in Chicago while awaiting trial for a felony this year. The alleged crimes involved at least 68 victims, 16 of whom died.

Alexsandro Hernandez | CPD

One of the other conspirators used Facebook to arrange to sell a handgun to 18-year-old Irving Ibarez for $400 on August 1, Hanichak said. The co-conspirator told Ibarez to meet him at 7 p.m. on the corner of Natchez and Dickens in Belmont Cragin to complete the transaction—and he promised to bring some free bullets for Ibarez.

Surveillance video shows the co-conspirator getting into Ibarez’s car and a white Nissan Murano with no license plates pulling up next to them four minutes later.

Hernandez got out of the Murano’s passenger seat and approached Ibarez’s door with a gun in his hand, Hanichak said. Ibarez, seeing Hernandez and the weapon he was holding, reversed his car. As he did, the conspirator who was sitting in his passenger seat shot him one time in the chest, according to Hanichak. Ibarez died.

Irving Ibarez | GoFundMe

Chicago police detectives compiled footage from surveillance cameras to track Murano’s movements before the shooting. It pulled into an AutoZone where Hernandez used to work about 25 minutes before the shooting. According to Hanichak, Hernandez went inside and bought masks and gloves while dressed in the same clothes he would wear at the shooting scene.

About ten minutes later, a camera at a different location recorded the Murano’s driver getting out of the car and removing its license plates. Hernandez’s phone data allegedly tracks with the Murano’s movements and to the murder scene.

Hanichak said Hernandez admitted to having “multiple guns” inside the Nissan and pointing a gun at Ibarez’s car during the botched robbery. He later dumped it in the lake, according to Hanichak. But Hernandez denied being the shooter, and Hanichak said the video does not show Hernandez firing the weapon.

According to his defense attorney, Hernandez and his fiancé are expecting a child in April.

Judge Charles Beach granted a state motion to hold Hernandez without bail.

Bail in Hernandez’s gun case was set on June 4 by Judge Kelly McCarthy.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others while on bond for a pending felony case. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people on felony bail is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data. 

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#1: Man who tried to shoot 3 outside a North Side restaurant on New Year’s Day had a pending felony case, prosecutors say (January 6, 2022)

#2: Felon awaiting trial for 4 sexual assault cases escaped from electronic monitoring and tried to kill investigators who tracked him down, prosecutors say (January 15, 2022)

#3: With felony gun case pending, man shot passerby during “exchange of gunfire,” prosecutors say (January 23, 2022)

#4: Seven-time felon on electronic monitoring for his 4th gun case tried to shoot and kill his girlfriend’s father, prosecutors say (January 26, 2022)

#5: Teen on electronic monitoring for TWO gun cases carjacked a Lyft driver, then shot a 15-year-old at point-blank range, prosecutors say (February 10, 2022)

#6: Man killed nursing student months after going AWOL from felony DUI case, prosecutors say (February 20, 2022)

#7: Man shot and killed his own brother while on bail for a felony gun case, prosecutors say (February 22, 2022)

#8: Beloved Hyde Park bartender was killed by a robber who has 3 pending felony cases, prosecutors said (March 7, 2022)

#9: Man involved in New Year’s shoot-out that left one dead was on bail for his 3rd gun felony, prosecutors say (March 8, 2022)

#10: An 11-time convicted felon shot a 3-year-old and tried to kill the boy’s mother while on felony bail, prosecutors say (March 11, 2022)

#11: Man allegedly stabbed another to death 4 days after getting released on felony bail (March 29, 2022)

#12: He opened fire on his ex’s house, killing a man, prosecutors say. But he was supposed to be home 24/7 for a pending felony gun case. (March 29, 2022)

#13: Man shot a woman, fired toward 4 others, while on bond for being a felon in possession of a firearm, prosecutors say (April 7, 2022)

#14: Man killed his parents in an Uptown senior center while on bond for federal armed robbery and gun charges, prosecutors say (April 14. 2022)

#15: Four-time felon opened fire on a carload of victims, injuring 2 while on bond for felony gun case, prosecutors say (April 20, 2022)

#16: Man shot his ex this month and her boyfriend last month, prosecutors say. He was on felony bail. (April 24, 2022)

#17: Man tried to kill 2 cable TV installers over a missing dog, prosecutors say. He was on bail at the time. (April 30, 2022)

#18: Man escaped from electronic monitoring and ran over a cop in a stolen car while fleeing a murder scene, prosecutors say (May 19, 2022)

#19: A two-time felon circled a West Side neighborhood for 15 minutes looking for someone to kill in a revenge murder, prosecutors say. He was on bond for a gun case at the time. (May 21, 2022)

#20: Alleged mass shooter had a felony gun case pending when he killed 2, wounded 7 near Magnificent Mile, records show (May 22, 2022)

#21: Five months after escaping from electronic monitoring, he helped shoot up a carload of people, injuring 2, prosecutors say (May 29, 2022)

#22: Man accused of setting ‘Walking Man’ on fire has been AWOL from 2 felony cases for 15 months, court records show (May 30, 2022)

#23: Two weeks after being charged with having a stolen rifle in a hijacked car, he allegedly shot a man with a rifle after getting out of a hijacked car (June 11, 2022)

#24: Gunman left a woman paralyzed in River North just 4 weeks after officials sent his felony gun case to a “peace circle,” prosecutors say (June 13, 2022)

#25: Teen acted as murderer’s driver while awaiting trial for carjacking, stolen car cases: prosecutors say (July 6, 2022)

#26: Man shot victim 5 times, days after being charged in a felony narcotics case, prosecutors say (July 7, 2022)

#27: Concealed carry holder shot man who opened fire on his car at McDonald’s, prosecutors say (July 14, 2022)

#28: Terrorism, attempted murder charges filed against man who allegedly detonated bomb on Pink Line in May (August 8, 2022)

#29: Three-time felon shot robbery victim while on bail for felony gun case, prosecutors say (August 23, 2022)

#30: Concealed carry holder shoots 7-time felon who tried to kill him, prosecutors say. That man was on bail for a felony gun case. (August 25, 2022)

#31: Anti-violence worker, who’s also a 9-time felon, shot himself in the butt at a Bucktown gas station while on felony bail, prosecutors say (August 25, 2022)

#32: Killer shot motorcyclist 16 times while awaiting trial for a felony gun case, prosecutors say (September 1, 2022)

#33: Man killed his half-sister’s boyfriend while on electronic monitoring for shooting someone else, prosecutors say (September 5, 2022)

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