5 counts of attempted murder filed against man on pretrial release in stolen car case

Juan Loredo (Chicago Police Department, Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a man on pretrial release for a stolen motor vehicle case opened fire on an occupied car earlier this month, injuring three people. Two others in the car were not injured.

Juan Loredo, 19, is the 11th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone this year while on pretrial release. He is the first to be charged while on release under the SAFE-T Act’s cashless bail system.

Loredo was awaiting trial for an October case in which he was accused of possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Chicago police officers said he was one of several people who ran from a stolen Jeep after it crashed into parked cars in the 1100 block of North Lavergne on October 29.

Officers who chased Loredo said he ditched his hoodie and peeled off blue latex gloves as he ran from them. He was released on October 31 by Judge William Fahy.

Prosecutors now claim that on May 5, Loredo fired at least 13 rounds into a car carrying five people in the 1600 block of North Cicero. According to court filings, Loredo shot a 25-year-old woman in the back and left buttock, and two men, ages 37 and 26, in the face.

The unprovoked shooting was caught on video, and Chicago police officers recognized Loredo in the footage based on their prior contact with him and his unique face tattoo, officials said.

Detectives arrested Loredo after he appeared in court on Monday for the stolen car case.

He is charged with five counts of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm. Judge Antara Rivera detained him as a safety risk.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others on pretrial release 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.

On September 18, 2023, the state of Illinois eliminated cash bail entirely. Our “not horrible” series will continue under the new program.

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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