Venezuelan migrant arrested for the 3rd time under his 3rd name: Chicago police reports

From left: Mugshots for the man identified as Pedro Molina, Jose Antonio Sanchez-Oleno, and Jose Oleno Lopez. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Welcome to another New Neighbor Update! Our most-arrested migrant this week is Pedro Molina, also known as Jose Oleno Lopez and Jose Antonio Sanchez-Oleno. He got arrested in the Loop on Tuesday, his third arrest in Chicago under his third name since Thanksgiving.

A security guard at Target, 1 South State, said Molina, 22, hit him in the back of the head with a plastic water bottle after being escorted from the store. 

Molina, who lives at the Standard Club shelter at 320 South Plymouth, was also arrested on February 13 under the name Jose Oleno Lopez. In that case, cops said they saw him smoking a crack pipe on Lower Wacker Drive near Wabash.

When asked what he was doing, he allegedly replied, “Yo estaba fumando piedra.” That, according to his arrest report, means “I was smoking a rock.”

He was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On November 28, he was arrested under the name Jose Antonio Sanchez-Oleno at the Target store in Uptown. Security agents claimed he stuffed $279 worth of merchandise into a backpack. The case was later dropped.

Enjoying the open road

Of all the reasons our new neighbors get arrested, the most common violation is almost certainly driving without a license. Some Chicago police districts that are home to large shelters often arrest several migrants a day for driving illegally.

More problematic for some migrant motorists: possessing fraudulent identifications, a felony.

Alfredo Perez, a resident of the Wadsworth School shelter, is one migrant facing such charges. The 34-year-old, who told police he’s been in the USA for six months and in Chicago for five months, was pulled over on the South Side this week after cops spotted an apparently counterfeit Indiana temporary tag on the GMC Envoy he was driving, according to his arrest report.

The report said the tag had no watermark, and the registration was not on file. 

According to the report, Perez explained, “When I bought the car, the dealership put the plate on and said I can drive with it on.”

Officers recovered a counterfeit Social Security card and a counterfeit permanent resident card from Perez, the report said. He allegedly told the cops he bought the cards for $50 from a man he met while looking for work at a Home Depot.

He’s charged with two felony counts of possessing a fraudulent ID card, and two misdemeanors: possessing an unauthorized vehicle title, and driving without a license.

Jose Moya Moya, 24, found himself in a somewhat similar situation in Uptown on February 24. Police said he was driving a 2013 Toyota Corolla that was reported stolen in January from suburban Atlanta bearing a Texas license plate.

Inside his sling bag, officers found a fake Illinois temporary tag bearing his name and address, a fake Social Security card bearing a fake name, and a fake U.S. employment authorization card with the same fake name and his picture, according to a CPD arrest report.

He is charged with two felony counts of possessing false identification, felony possession of an altered registration, and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle.

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