Man on electronic monitoring for allegedly shooting a robbery victim had a loaded gun in his home, officials say

CHICAGO — A man on electronic monitoring while awaiting trial for attempted murder and robbery charges is facing more felony charges after sheriff’s office investigators allegedly found a loaded firearm and loaded ammunition magazines in his home this week.

Xavier Lopez, 25, was on parole for discharging a firearm and possessing burglary tools when he fired a gun last May, striking a robbery victim in the ankle, prosecutors say. Judge William Fahy held him without bail. However, court records show Judge Arthur Willis allowed him to go home on electronic monitoring on September 14, four days before Illinois eliminated cash bail.

On Thursday, investigators from the sheriff’s electronic monitoring division went to Lopez’s home in Chicago Lawn to conduct a “compliance check.”

The investigators said they encountered Lopez as he walked out of a bedroom wearing a winter coat as if he were getting ready to leave the house. He allegedly told them that the bedroom he walked out of was not his and that he was just cleaning it up. He indicated that he sleeps in a bedroom near the living room. The investigators searched both bedrooms.

In the bedroom Lopez claimed was not his, they allegedly found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun with a defaced serial number inside a bag. According to the sheriff’s investigators ‘ report, it was accompanied by a fully loaded 30-round extended magazine and two fully loaded 15-round magazines.

Xavier Lopez and the items allegedly seized by the Cook County sheriff’s office. (Cook County sheriff’s office, Chicago Police Department)

The other bedroom contained the charger for Lopez’s ankle monitor and nine .22-caliber bullets in a pill bottle, the report said.

Lopez’s grandmother, who lives with him, told the investigators that the gun belonged to her grandson and that she does not own or possess any firearms, according to the report.

Prosecutors charged Lopez with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number. Judge Kelly McCarthy detained him as a safety risk.

Earlier this month, prosecutors said a man on electronic monitoring while awaiting trial on 160 counts of murder was found shot inside a car with a rifle and handgun. The sheriff’s office said Torrey Lewis was enjoying a “free movement” day when he was shot on January 31.

Under a 2022 law that some Illinois legislators deemed “criminal justice reform,” individuals on electronic monitoring are allowed to be out of the house two days a week.

Proponents claim the two days of unsupervised release are necessary so people on EM can do “essential activities” like going to a doctor or getting food.

Lewis’ “essential activities” that day had him sitting behind the wheel of a stolen car in the parking lot of an auto parts store in Dolton, officials said. He was shot multiple times as he sat in the vehicle. A rifle and a handgun were found in the front passenger area, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

His ankle monitor GPS history showed he left his house at 8:48 a.m. and “proceeded to travel at high rates of speed throughout the South Suburbs, at times reaching speeds of over 100 miles an hour, until he arrived at the scene of the shooting,” said a sheriff’s office statement.

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