2 charged with ‘particularly violent’ armed home invasion (1 was wearing an ankle monitor)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say two men, including one on electronic monitoring for burglary and gun charges, committed a “particularly violent” armed home invasion and robbery last week.

Jermaine Blackmon and Demonte Ramsey, both 18, are each charged with Class X felony armed home invasion and armed robbery.

Officials said both men pointed guns at a man in the 2700 block of West 12th Place on April 28, taking his jewelry, keys, and shoes. They then forced him to bring them into his nearby home, even though they knew young children were inside, according to prosecutors.

In court filings, officials said Blackmon pointed a gun at the man’s head while Ramsey held a gun to the victim’s side as they threatened to kill him. At least one child saw the assault.

Jermaine Blackmon, left, and Demonte Ramsey (Chicago Police Department)

Blackmon was placed on a 24-hour curfew with electronic monitoring on March 18 after prosecutors charged him with gun possession and trying to steal a car. His ankle monitor’s GPS data indicated that he was at the home invasion scene at the time of the crime, prosecutors said.

Ramsey allegedly admitted to being present for the robbery with Blackmon, but he denied participating in the holdup and home invasion.

Judge Ankur Srivastava said Ramsey’s claims were “undercut” by the fact that he allegedly had the victim’s necklace when the police arrested him. Ramsey recently completed juvenile probation for a gun case.

Srivastava, who called the home invasion “particularly violent,” detained both men as safety threats.

Blackmon’s pending case involves an altercation at Citgo, 3759 West Chicago Avenue, on St. Patrick’s Day. According to a CPD arrest report, Blackmon told police that a man at the gas station “mean mugged” him, so Blackmon reached for his gun.

But the other man also had a gun, and the two began fighting, the report said. The other man eventually gained control of Blackmon’s firearm and left the scene with it.

Blackmon is charged with possessing the gun that the man took and with trying to steal the man’s Jeep.

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