‘Refugee’ rode around on a Divvy, groping passersby, Chicago police report says (but his suburban arrests are even stranger)

CHICAGO — A man who claims to be a “refugee” was recently arrested after Chicago police officers allegedly saw him riding around on a Divvy bike and groping women as he passed by. The bizarre part of this story is what he previously pleaded guilty to doing in the suburbs.

Officers working in a CPD surveillance room allegedly saw Orlando Garcia Avalos riding a Divvy on a sidewalk in Old Town on October 29. The cops said they saw him grab a woman’s buttocks as she walked past him, according to his CPD arrest report. According to the report, four different women each filed separate police reports alleging that a man who matched Avaolos’ description had groped them earlier in the day.

Cops caught up with him in the 100 block of East Goethe and charged him with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct, the arrest report said.

Officers noted in the report that Avaolos “did not have any identification on scene and related he was a refugee.”

Orlando Garcia Avalos | Chicago Police Department

According to Cook County court records, he is also on probation for two felony criminal damage to property cases.

In one of those cases, prosecutors said Avalos called 911 in April and reported that he was going to destroy the Hanover Park police station. He told the emergency operator that they should send police before he destroyed even more property, officials said.

Hanover Park police officers went to the village hall and found the front glass entry doors shattered. Inside, they discovered computers and phones were smashed, and interior doors had been broken.

Officials said he broke seven computers, seven monitors, two phones, two keyboards, and a printer for a combined value of $10,900. According to prosecutors, repairs to the glass doors were expected to cost $6,300.

Prosecutors also charged him with causing more than $10,000 in damages to a gas station’s digital price display sign at a BP station near the village hall.

He pleaded guilty to both cases in August and received sentences of two years of “second chance probation” from Judge Marc Martin, according to court records. Martin also sentenced him to 112 days in jail, which Avalos had already served.

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