CHICAGO, IL – According to reports, in crime-ridden Chicago, prosecutors have charged a five-time felon with armed carjacking after he allegedly showed up in court to support one of his accomplice’s and was recognized by authorities thanks to his face tattoos.
A five-time felon from Chicago faces carjacking charges after he showed up for one of his accomplice's court dates and people recognized him as one of the hijackers by his face tattoos, prosecutors say. https://t.co/ykxHyXTWMo #ChiUnreported #Chicago
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The suspect, identified as Fabian Alonzo, allegedly said that he targets Hispanic people in committing crimes because they are less likely to cooperate with authorities if they’re in the country illegally.
Prosecutors said that Alonzo also committed an armed robbery outside a Wicker Park Mexican restaurant shortly before the hijacking.
During a bail hearing on Sunday, November 20th, prosecutors stated that on September 18th, around 3:40 a.m., Alonzo and three accomplices committed an armed robbery outside El Mexico Moderno.
In surveillance video of the robbery, Alonzo’s face tattoo’s are visible because a t-shirt that he wore over his face fell during the hold-up.
In October, authorities issued a community alert about a series of armed robberies that were happening on that same Wicker Park block early on Saturday mornings.
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The robbery outside El Mexico Moderno was just one of the crimes investigators linked to the pattern, which authorities said was being committed by a group of Hispanic men who traveled in a black Chrysler 300.
Even though video showed Alonzo committing that robbery, prosecutors did not charge him with that crime and offered no explanation for their decision in doing so.
They did, however, charge him with carjacking a Hispanic couple at a Skokie gas station just 90 minutes after the armed robbery outside of the restaurant.
Prosecutors said that the couple were in a pickup truck with a Mexican flag on the hood at the Mobil station when a black Chrysler 300 pulled up and four men stepped out.
Alonzo allegedly got out of the car’s driver seat and demanded the keys to the truck while the other accomplices displayed a handgun and pulled the woman from its passenger seat. One of the suspects pistol-whipped the male victim and then the group drove away in his truck.
Prosecutors said that shortly after, the stolen pickup truck crashed into a concrete pillar as police pursed the vehicle. Officers were able to arrest the two occupants and recovered two guns from the truck.
Officers also discovered a necklace and bracelet that were taken during the robbery outside El Mexico Moderno.
A Chicago man on parole is accused of carjacking a vehicle with a baby inside and then crashing into several other cars before taking off on foot. https://t.co/9wPxNxufhh
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Weeks later, Alonzo attended a court hearing for one of the men who was arrested at the crash scene and he was recognized as he sat in the gallery by his face tattoos.
According to prosecutors, courthouse video shows Alonzo leaving the building and records showed that the Chrysler 300 involved in the robberies was parked at the courthouse on the day he appeared.
During the bail hearing on Sunday, November 20th, an assistant state’s attorney said that Alonzo had been convicted of robbery in 2012, twice in 2014, burglary in 2012, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2016.
The attorney said that Alonzo has claimed to target Hispanic people because witnesses and victims in the country illegally tend not to report crimes or follow through with prosecution.
In response, Alonzo’s public defender refuted the prosecution’s case, beginning with the prosecutor’s decision to discuss the Wicker Park robbery without filing charges.
His defense also stated that prosecutors did not state whether the video showed Alonzo getting into or out of the Chrysler 300 at the courthouse, suggesting that it was driven there by someone else.
The public defender also contended that while prosecutors claim Alonzo targets people based on their ethnic background, he has not been charged with a hate crime.
Judge Charles Beach cited the “brazenness” of Alonzo’s alleged actions and granted the state’s request to hold him without bail. Beach told Alonzo:
“The fact that you were willing to appear or did appear in courtrooms throughout the county when co-offenders were appearing tells me you have no fear in your way about your actions or in the way you treat orders from the court or you expectations in society.”
Alonzo reportedly had his second court appearance on Tuesday, November 22nd. The details regarding what transpired during that hearing are still being reviewed.
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