Rogers Park woman robbed 2 stores at gunpoint while on electronic monitoring: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Rogers Park woman robbed two stores while on electronic monitoring for a host of felony charges. Joanna Richardson, who has been convicted of robbery twice before, is now detained at the Cook County jail while she awaits trial in both pending cases.

In January, Judge Ankur Srivastava put the 37-year-old on an ankle monitor after she allegedly fled from Chicago police offices in a stolen Subaru Forester. When cops caught up with her, she resisted police and tried to remove one of the officers’ guns from its holster, prosecutors said.

She is also charged with kicking that officer and biting another officer on the forearm. Police said they found suspected crack cocaine, suspected powder cocaine, and suspected heroin in her purse, along with a passport, credit cards, and other items belonging to another person.

Joanna Richardson (Chicago Police Department)

Prosecutors charged her with three counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer, attempting to disarm a police officer, two counts of fleeing and eluding, six counts of resisting, two counts each of DUI, possessing a controlled substance, theft of lost or mislaid property, driving on a suspended license, and criminal trespass to a vehicle.

On April 22, exactly three months after being outfitted with her ankle bracelet, Richardson robbed two stores in about an hour, prosecutors say.

Surveillance video showed her taking a bottle of Pepsi to the counter at BP, 7550 North Sheridan, and then pulling out a gun to demand money, police said. The cashier didn’t give her any cash, but Richardson allegedly took the Pepsi.

About an hour later, she pulled a gun out of a Family Dollar shopping bag and went behind the counter to demand cash at Devon Shell, 6346 North Clark, prosecutors alleged.

Chicago cops recognized Richardson from video footage of the two robberies. Knowing that she was on electronic monitoring, investigators contacted the sheriff’s office. They learned that her ankle monitor’s GPS data indicated that she was at both stores at the time of the holdups.

Police used live GPS readings to locate her in the 2100 block of West Devon, according to a CPD report. They saw her get out of a Jeep and walk into a convenience store.

When they tried to detain her, she “lunged forward” and bit an officer’s forearm, the report said. Once she was in custody, police searched the Jeep and allegedly recovered a loaded handgun with an extended magazine from inside a Family Dollar shopping bag.

The police said they found suspected methamphetamine in the car and a baggie of cocaine in her possession, along with $750 in cash.

She is now charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, attempted armed robbery with a firearm, two counts of Class X armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated battery of a peace officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended license. 

Judge Susana Ortiz detained her as a public safety risk at the state’s request.

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