Suburban man stabbed North Side 7-Eleven employee while on parole and on felony bail, officials say

Nicholas Mann (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a suburban man stabbed a convenience store clerk in Lincoln Square during an altercation last May while on parole and on bail for a pending burglary charge.

Nicholas Mann, 27, of Chicago Heights, is the 35th person charged with murder, attempted murder, or trying to shoot someone in Chicago last year while on felony pretrial release.

Officials say the trouble began around 3:30 p.m. on May 17 when Mann went to the 7-Eleven at 5206 North Western Avenue. A store employee recognized Mann and asked him to leave.

Instead, Mann elbowed the 51-year-old clerk, who tried to push Mann out of the store, according to allegations made in court filings. The men began fighting, and Mann stabbed the employee twice in the back during the altercation, prosecutors said.

Judge Susana Ortiz granted the state’s detention petition, noting that Mann was on parole for aggravated battery at the time of the attack. Mann will remain in custody, at least for now, while awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

About two weeks before the 7-11 altercation, Mann posted a $500 bail deposit to get out of jail after prosecutors charged him with burglarizing a church in Chicago Heights, according to court records. He also has a pending assault charge that was filed against him last month.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others awaiting trial for a felony allegation. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “We haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people awaiting trial for felony allegations is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, Cook County prosecutors have approved charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

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