Prosecutors: Man attacked, badly injured gas station attendant while on electronic monitoring

Jonathan Brown (Cook County sheriff’s office)

CHICAGO — A man on electronic monitoring for a pending felony gun case punched a 52-year-old gas station attendant in the face because he was angry about being banned from the business, officials said. The victim fell to the ground and lost consciousness, police said. He was treated for loosened teeth, split lips, and a swollen face, according to Chicago police.

Jonathan Brown, 24, was apparently surprised when the cops showed up at his door to arrest him in connection with the attack, which occurred on New Year’s Day.

“The gas station incident was the first of January, like twenty days ago,” Brown told the cops, according to his arrest report. “Why didn’t you guys come sooner?

The report noted that Brown had a broken foot when police took him into custody, an injury he suffered six or seven weeks earlier after jumping from a 4th-floor window — also while on electronic monitoring. According to the report, that incident did not involve the police.

Prosecutors said the gas station attack occurred at the Clark service station, 1200 West 111th Street. The victim continues to suffer “severe and frequent headaches and loose teeth,” according to a detention petition filed with the court.

“I know why I’m here,” Brown allegedly told officers at the police station. “I was up at the gas station, and the worker said he was gonna kill me, so I punched him in the face and walked away.”

Later, Brown provided a different story, according to the arrest report, saying he punched the attendant and walked away when he fell because he “wasn’t happy about being banned from the gas station” in December.

Judge William Fahy granted the state’s detention petition on charges of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place.

Court records show Brown’s pending gun case was filed after Chicago police accused him of trying to bring a gun onto 31st Street Beach on the Fourth of July. A judge initially set bail at $100,000, but Judge Lindsay Huge reduced that to $10,000 with electronic monitoring a few days later. Brown went home on an ankle monitor after posting a 10% deposit bond of $1,000.

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