Chicagoland: Man facing multiple felonies released from jail, opens fire on armed dad, gets owned

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CHICAGO, IL – A man out on bond in Chicago for three different felony charges has been arrested a fourth time, this time for actually shooting at a father and his daughter while at a Mcdonald’s near the Indiana State Line.

Thankfully, neither the victim nor his daughter was injured during the violent attack.

The incident unfolded when the 49-year-old victim and his young daughter had stopped at a Mcdonald’s restaurant just after 5 p.m. on 106th Street.

As the victim sat in his vehicle, he reported seeing a masked man approaching them and yelling.

As the masked man, later identified as 19-year-old Giovani Castanon, got close to the vehicle, he allegedly produced a handgun and opened fire, striking the victim’s passenger side door, hood, and one of the tires.

As the shots rang out, the father, who is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, produced his own gun and apparently fired back at Castanon in self-defense.

While Castanon’s alleged gunshots missed his intended targets, those fired by the armed citizen did not, striking him in a hand, arm, and foot.

Despite being injured, Castanon allegedly fled the area on foot as police closed in to locate him.

Police arrived on the scene and established a perimeter to lock Castanon into the area and prevent him from fleeing any further.

Castanon was found a short time later hiding in a nearby garage and took him into custody. Police reported that they were unable to locate the firearm Castanon was suspected of using in the attack.

He was charged with aggravated assault by discharging a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Castanon is no stranger to the judicial system as he was already out on bond for three different felony charges, carjacking, burglary, and aggravated battery.

While the fact that Castanon is out on bond has been made public, what has not been released as of yet are what bond conditions he was required to maintain while being allowed to roam free to allegedly commit more violent crimes while awaiting trial.

When Castanon appeared in front of Cook County Judge Charles Beach at his initial appearance for the new charges, an assistant public defender, Suzin Farer, attempted to paint the alleged criminal as an honest man and father to a three-year-old child.

Judge Beach did not appear moved and ordered Castanon to be held on a $300,000 bond and be GPS monitored if he should be able to bond out of jail.

In addition to the bond, Judge Beach ordered Castanon not to have any contact with the victim or his daughter while out on bond, after noting that it was doubtful that would be an issue. He said:

“I’m quite sure you don’t wanna have any contact with that individual anymore.”

Castanon has become the 27th person in Chicago this year alone to be accused of murdering, shooting, or trying to kill someone while out on felony bond since the passage of the bond reform initiative in 2019. And that is only if the numbers reported are accurate.

As noted by CWBChicago, some of the numbers may be skewed due to the lack of criminal charges coming out of cases since 2017. They reported:

“The actual number of murders and shooting committed by people on felony bail 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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Three teens wanted for an attempted robbery have now been arrested for trying to murder a police officer

BETHESDA, MD – Three 16-year-old DC kids were driving in a BMW SUV when they were spotted by Bethesda police, who recognized the BMW from the description from an attempted robbery a week earlier. The officer began to surveil the vehicle.

At some point in his following the suspects, the SUV slammed on its brakes, causing the officer to swerve to avoid hitting them.

The tailing officer said that he heard gunshots as the vehicle drove around him. Someone in the vehicle fired another shot. The surveillance turned into a full pursuit at that point. The officer’s car took at least two of the four shots. The officer was uninjured in the attack.

He radioed for assistance.

“Give me the air. They’re firing at us. Shots fired,” the undercover officer said before asking a unit to put stop sticks near MD-355 and I-495. “I want a helicopter in the air. Get me PG air.”

According to Shore News Network, this all started around 1:20 am on Thursday, June 30th.

During the pursuit, the suspects lost control of the BMW and wrecked it in the vicinity of I-495 and Connecticut Avenue. Two of them were immediately taken into custody, while the third tried to flee. He was apprehended a short time later with the assistance of Montgomery County Police K9 units and the Prince George County Police helicopter.

Police say that the teens were arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

It is likely they will face additional charges.

Authorities released the names of the boys, indicating that they will be tried as adults.

They were identified as Maynor Josue Bonilla-Flores, Jason Benitez-Umanzor and Brad Roca, all 16 and from Washington, DC.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy confirmed that the young men will be processed through the adult courts.

“They are charged as adults because under the law in Maryland, if you are of a certain age, i.e., 16, and you’re charged with [attempted] first-degree murder, the statute says you shall be charged as an adult.”

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones address the situation at a press conference late Thursday afternoon, according to ABC 7.

“The fact that these three suspects are all juveniles is simply disturbing. One of [the bullets] actually entered into the passenger’s compartment and actually struck the headrest of the passenger seat. So, it showed you how close in proximity it came to striking the actual officer.”

Jones also pointed out that his officers never returned fire.

One of the suspects was erroneously released but was arrested again a short time later. All three are being held with no bond.

 

During a press conference, Chief Jones was asked if the recent spate of burglaries, like the ones these suspects are alleged to have committed, was a result of COVID-19.

“I will suggest, from my perspective, that I don’t think it’s COVID,” Jones responded. “So, there’s a lot of reasons and I think we need to dig deeper into the root cause of why people are doing what they’re doing and we’re working really hard to do that.”


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