Man shot, robbed acquaintance in the West Loop while on pretrial release for two felonies (and on electronic monitoring), prosecutors say

Kyran Malone (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — The man who pistol-whipped, shot, and robbed an acquaintance inside a West Loop apartment last week was on pretrial release for two felony cases and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet at the time of the crime, prosecutors say.

The details emerged as Chicago police announced charges against Kyran Malone, 22, of Skokie. Malone is the sixth person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago this year while on felon pretrial release.

Malone owed the 27-year-old victim money and went to the man’s apartment in the 500 block of West Kinzie with another man “ostensibly to pay the debt,” prosecutors said in a detention petition.

But that’s not what happened once they entered the man’s unit, officials say.

Malone’s unidentified accomplice pressed a gun to the back of the victim’s head and then pistol-whipped him as Malone collected valuables from the apartment, placing them in a cardboard box, the petition said. A criminal complaint said the property included a phone, clothing, and marijuana.

He proceeded to shoot the man in the thigh, breaking his femur, before leaving with the box, according to the allegations. Surveillance video allegedly shows him leaving the building with the box of goods.

Malone was wearing a GPS-equipped ankle monitor for a pending case at the time of the shooting, which allowed investigators to track him down. In his arrest report, Chicago police claimed he was carrying $3,000 cash when they took him into custody.

Judge Susana Ortiz granted the detention request. He’s charged with aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and causing an injury by discharging a firearm during a robbery.

According to court records, Malone was on electronic monitoring for allegedly posting a nude photograph of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook and breaking into her garage to damage her Mercedes. He’s charged with three counts of nonconsensual dissemination of a sexual image.

Judge Anthony Calabrese initially held him in lieu of a $10,000 bail payment, but about a month later, on August 23, Judge Anjana Hansen allowed him to go home on an ankle monitor with no money down.

He got arrested again in November after Bellwood police allegedly found more than a pound of pot in a couple of backpacks during a traffic stop. Malone, who was the passenger, claimed ownership of the bags and the pot, which was inside packages labeled “Zooted,” “S LCG FR#11” and “Super Dope,” according to notes maintained by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Records show that despite being on pretrial release for a felony, police released him from the station without taking him to court.

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, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

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