Migrant busted with fake ID at Midway Airport security checkpoint: report

Jose Manuel Gil La Rosa (Chicago Police Department, Chicago Department of Aviation)

CHICAGO — A Venezuelan migrant faces felony charges after he allegedly tried to pass through the Midway Airport security checkpoint with fake IDs.

Jose Manuel Gil La Rosa, 22, of the 5000 block of South Ashland, was an “asylum seeker trying to travel” when he entered the TSA screening area around 9 p.m. on May 28, a Chicago police arrest report said.

A TSA agent summoned police to the checkpoint after noticing that La Rosa’s U.S. Permanent Resident Card didn’t have a hologram, officials said. The police officer who responded also inspected a Social Security card that La Rosa allegedly possessed. They noted that it was printed on unusually thick cardstock and bore a Social Security number belonging to a woman in Ohio.

La Rosa allegedly told the officer that he got the cards from a friend and planned on throwing them away.

In addition to the allegedly fake IDs, he also had an apparently authentic Venezuelan identification and Homeland Security court papers bearing his name.

Big Six

A migrant who has been living at the Standard Club shelter, 320 South Plymouth, is now residing at the Cook County jail after a judge ordered him detained for violating pretrial release conditions.

Santiago Rodriguez, 19, has been arrested six times since Halloween, primarily for retail theft, according to court records. Prosecutors dropped three of those cases even though he failed to appear in court. The other three are still pending.

Most recently, he was arrested on May 20 after a Macy’s employee accused him of shoplifting at the 111 North State store. He was on pretrial release at the time for allegedly shoplifting from Nordstrom Rack, 101 East Chicago, on May 3.

Because the Macy’s arrest was a violation of the Nordstrom Rack arrest, Judge Donald Panarese ordered him detained, records show.

Santiago’s third pending case is a trespassing charge he picked up on April 4 for allegedly refusing to leave the Northwestern Memorial Hospital parking garage. He failed to appear in court for that case on May 9, and a judge ordered a clerk to send him a postcard reminder.

He experienced better luck when he failed to appear in court three previous times, according to court records:

  • He didn’t show up on May 16 for a case that accused him of assault and criminal trespassing in the Loop. Prosecutors dropped the charges in his absence because the alleged victim didn’t show up either.
  • He didn’t show up on March 7 for a case involving allegations that he shoplifted from Home Depot, 4555 South Western Avenue. Prosecutors dropped that case, too.
  • He didn’t show up on December 12 for a shoplifting case in which he was accused of stealing two pairs of shoes from Nordstrom Rack, 24 North State. Once again, prosecutors dropped the charge because the store did not send a representative to court.

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