Migrant threatened to shoot downtown 7-Eleven clerk with a gun-shaped cigarette lighter, Chicago police report says (It’s his FIFTH arrest since July)

CHICAGO — One of Chicago’s newest residents has now been arrested five times since July, most recently for allegedly threatening to shoot a downtown convenience store clerk with a gun that, according to police, turned out to be a firearm-shaped cigarette lighter.

Another “new neighbor” was recently arrested in the Loop for driving without a license and, police said, having a 14-inch machete under the driver seat that he allegedly told officers he keeps for “protection.”

The last time we told you about Carlos Omar Mavarez Viloria was last summer, after his second arrest. According to court records, he’s been arrested three more times since then, most recently in the Loop on February 28.

A clerk working at a convenience store near Mavarez Viloria’s home at the Standard Club migrant shelter that afternoon told police that a man pulled a gun on him and said something to the effect of “I will shoot you.” After getting a picture of the man from the cashier, the cops went looking for him.

From left: Carlos Mavarez Viloria’s mugshots from August 30, 2023, November 24, 2023, and February 28, 2024 (Chicago Police Department)

According to the arrest report they filed later, they found Mavarez Viloria inside a different 7-Eleven, looking very much like the man in the picture. Upon seeing them, the officers said, Mavarez Viloria walked to the back of the store. A pat-down revealed a black lighter resembling a firearm in his pants pocket.

He’s charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor.

Mavarez Viloria’s other arrests since last summer were for allegedly possessing a crack pipe on Lower Wacker Drive on September 11 and for allegedly shoplifting a pair of shoes from the Loop Nordstrom Rack store. Prosecutors dropped both of those cases within weeks, although Judge Peter Gonzalez did order authorities to destroy the crack pipe.

Last summer, he was accused of shoplifting $193 worth of Major League baseball hats, watches, a backpack, and food from Walmart in Evergreen Park. He received seven days for that. His other case from last summer, filed after Macy’s employees said he tried to shoplift $158 worth of t-shirts in the Loop, was dropped by prosecutors.

A five-peat

Another migrant who recently scored his fifth arrest: Linder Jose Galves Carbajal. Police arrested him on March 2 after he allegedly battered two migrant shelter employees at the former Young Women’s Leadership Academy, 2641 South Calumet.

His previous arrests were for allegedly shoplifting jewelry, underwear, and socks from Nordstrom Rack on State Street on October 31. Records show that prosecutors dropped the case on December 20 even though he didn’t show up in court.

According to court records, on New Year’s Eve, Berwyn police arrested him on allegations that he shoplifted fragrances from a Marshall’s and two 24-ounce Modelo beers from a Walgreens in their town. The Marshall’s case is still pending. He received five days for the Modelos after missing an initial court date.

Police in Riverside arrested him on January 29 after Burlington employees accused him of stealing merchandise worth $14.98, another court file says. He’s due in court on that case next week.

New Loop residents

When Chicago police arrested Jesus Manuel Espina Medina in December on allegations that he shoplifted a nylon jacket from the Nordstrom Rack in the Loop, they listed an alias for him: Christopher Garcia.

That’s interesting because when cops cited the 20-year-old Standard Club resident for smoking at the Jackson Red Line station on February 27, he was allegedly carrying a fake Social Security card and a fake Arkansas driver’s license, both bearing the name “Christopher Garcia.”

Prosecutors charged him with two felony counts of possessing fraudulent identification. The charges are pending, but prosecutors dropped the shoplifting charge in January.

In other news from the Standard Club’s neighborhood, 22-year-old Cristian Aguilar Sevilla was cited and released after Chicago cops said they saw the handle of a 14-inch machete sticking out from under his driver’s seat during a traffic stop on February 19. Aguilar Sevilla allegedly told the officers that he keeps the tool “for protection.”

He’s due in court next week on misdemeanor charges of weapon possession, driving without a license, and illegal possession of cannabis by a driver.

Also in the Loop, a 24-year-old Standard Club resident was charged with misdemeanor manufacture-delivery of cannabis on February 26 after a security director from a nearby facility allegedly saw him conducting hand-to-hand transactions in an alley.

According to a Chicago police report, the security officer told police that Angel Rivero Barnique retrieved blunts from a Gucci crossbody bag and sold them to “several” passersby. CPD officers said they recovered four blunts from the Gucci bag and $211 cash.

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