CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been charged with stealing a car on the North Side while wearing an ankle monitor for two additional stolen motor vehicle cases he has picked up since last March. Jonathan Curtis, 19, is now jailed as a public safety threat and a flight risk in two of the three cases.
North Riverside cops arrested Curtis on March 2, saying he struck one of their patrol cars with a stolen Jeep Cherokee and also possessed a loaded firearm, according to court records. After appearing before Judge Sheree Henry, he posted a $500 bail deposit and went home on an ankle monitor the next day.
Two months later, Judge Geary Kull ordered the sheriff’s office to remove Curtis’ ankle monitor.
And, two months after that, on July 13, cops arrested Curtis for allegedly possessing a stolen Toyota Camry in the 600 block of North Lorel. Prosecutors charged him with possessing a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing and attempting to elude.
Judge Kelly McCarthy held him in lieu of a $6,000 bail deposit, which kept him in jail until his case was reviewed after the elimination of cash bail in September. He went home on an ankle monitor in October.
Just over two months later, on December 28, Chicago police officers allegedly saw Curtis enter a Hyundai Elantra that its owner left running in the 5500 block of North Campbell. They followed the car until Curtis got out in the 1600 block of North Juneway Terrace, according to a CPD report.
The report said he returned to the vehicle about 30 minutes later, and they tried to pull him over, but he sped through two red lights, so the officers ended the pursuit.
Curtis’ ankle monitor GPS records show he was “present at the exact date and time of both the motor vehicle theft and the eluding incident,” according to a CPD report.
Officers arrested him to face charges in the third case earlier this month after he appeared at the Maywood courthouse for the North Riverside matter. He’s charged with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated fleeing.
His next court dates in the three cases are January 24, January 25, and February 2.