Chicago — Prosecutors say a Chicago man who was placed on electronic monitoring by two different counties while facing nine separate felony cases cut off both counties’ ankle monitors in August and escaped to a Texas border town. Now he’s back in the Cook County jail.
“Most of those cases were put on me,” said Victor Flores, 34, as Judge Barbara Dawkins held him without bail on a stack of arrest warrants Friday afternoon. She also held him in lieu of $1 million on a new escape charge.
Cook County records show that a woman with a Texas address identified herself as Flores’ fiancée when she posted a $35,000 bail deposit so he could go home on electronic monitoring in July, prosecutor Danny Hanichak said. Flores had pending cases for home invasion, armed habitual criminal, domestic battery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two burglaries, retail theft, and electronic harassment when she bailed him out.
Flores was also on electronic monitoring for a burglary case in DuPage County.
The month after he was placed on electronic monitoring, officials in both DuPage and Cook counties received alerts that Flores’ ankle monitors were being tampered with, Hanichak continued.
Cook County investigators tried to call Flores and visited his home on August 15, said Hanichak. Flores’ roommate told them that Flores left around 6 p.m. the day before and never came back.
Workers at the sheriff’s office found the Cook County and DuPage County ankle monitors “apparently cut off” and lying next to a dumpster near the house where Flores was supposed to be staying, Hanichak said.
Flores was arrested on November 18 in Cameron County, Texas, a border area in the far southeast corner of the state.
His public defender said Flores is a lifelong resident of Cook County who owns a residential construction company with his father and goes to church in Garfield Park.
Flores will be appearing before various Cook County judges on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.