7-time felon tried to rob girl as she did homework at Loop coffeeshop: prosecutors

A seven-time felon tried to rob a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint while she did her homework at a Starbucks in the Loop, according to Chicago police and prosecutors. The accused man has been arrested six times this year in Chicago, and he has two misdemeanor cases pending.

The girl, waiting for her ballet class to start nearby, was doing homework inside the coffee shop at 131 South State when one of her AirPods fell to the floor around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

When she looked up while searching for the AirPod, she saw Jonathan Davis standing in front of her with a knife, prosecutor LeRoy Martin III said.

“Gimme all your sh*t,” Davis allegedly told her. “I’m taking all your sh*t.”

Jonathan Davis and the Starbucks at 131 South State | CPD; Google

Coffeeshop employees shouted at Davis and the girl quickly ran from the store. Two women saw her appearing distraught on the sidewalk and flagged down a passing Chicago police officer, Martin said.

Officers arrested Davis nearby and recovered a knife from his possession, Martin added.

Davis is on bail for two separate misdemeanor criminal damage cases. He had been released on recognizance bonds for both of those incidents.

His seven felony convictions include criminal damage to government property last year, attempted armed robbery in 2017, three cases of aggravated battery in 2015, and drug possession in 2012 and 2008. According to CPD records, the armed robbery attempt in 2017 took place at the Harrison Red Line platform and involved a knife.

Assistant Public Defender Suzin Farber said Davis lives with his family but is currently unemployed. He has mental health issues, she said.

During a bail hearing this week, Judge Susana Ortiz said Davis could go home on electronic monitoring by posting a $10,000 bail deposit in the new attempted robbery case. He must post another $2,000 to get out on the pending misdemeanor charges, she said.

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