Cops allegedly saw him firing a gun at a passing car, but a judge refused to keep him in custody

CHICAGO — Late on November 4, a Chicago Police Department surveillance officer kept an eye on the feed from a camera posted in the 3500 block of West 30th Street in Little Village.

As they were watching, a Hispanic man wearing a red hoodie, a red Bulls hat, black pants, and red and white shoes appeared on the screen with a gun in his hand, CPD officers later wrote in a report. The man raised the gun, fired three shots at a passing car, and then fled into a nearby bar, police claimed.

The surveillance officers said they continued to watch the camera until a man wearing the same clothing as the gunman left the bar, put on a black ski mask, and walked away. Patrol officers responded to the scene and arrested the man, 36-year-old Jose Serrano.

Jose Serrano | Chicago Police Department; Multiplottr

CPD’s surveillance officers confirmed that he was the person who fired the shots.

When officers retraced the path Serrano walked after leaving the bar, they allegedly found a loaded handgun. They said they also recovered three shell casings from the spot where the surveillance officers allegedly saw a man firing at a passing car.

Hours after being arrested, Serrano appeared for a detention hearing before Judge David Kelly at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Prosecutors charged Serrano with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and reckless discharge of a firearm that endangers others. They explained the allegations to Kelly and asked the judge to keep Serrano in custody to await trial.

Kelly denied that request and sent Serrano home with the usual instructions to show up for court and stay out of trouble. According to court records, he did not require Serrano to go on electronic monitoring or observe a curfew.

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