Chicagoland: Man accused of execution-style daytime murder of retired man had previous gun charges

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CHICAGO, IL – A man accused of shooting and killing a man in broad daylight has been in trouble in the past, including two previous gun charges. The suspect is accused of murdering a retired 71-year-old man as he walked to get a newspaper.

The victim, in this case, Woom Sing Tse, a retired restaurateur, had just finished lunch with his wife and decided to take a walk down the sidewalk to purchase a newspaper.

As he walked down the sidewalk, a blue car is seen approaching Tse and slowed down.

The driver, later identified as Alphonso Joyner, allegedly began shooting Tse as he walked down the sidewalk. Video surveillance shows Tse’s attempt to run from the shots which cause Joyner to pull forward and fire more rounds.

Tse is struck and falls to the ground and Joyner allegedly parked his car and exited as Tse tried to crawl away on the sidewalk.

Joyner allegedly walked straight up to Tse and continued firing until he stopped moving. The shooter, allegedly Joyner, then calmly walked back to his car and left the area.

The Chicago Police Department reported that Joyner’s vehicle was captured by license plate readers just before and after the shooting. The Chicago Police Department did not release how they determined it was Joyner who was the person who fired at least the 18 rounds that killed Tse in cold blood.

At this time, the Chicago Police Department has not been able to determine any type of motive for the slaying. Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy noted the lack of motive in the case:

“Sometimes individuals just do evil things and that’s the situation we have here.”

Joyner was alleged located in the same vehicle a short time after the killing of Tse.

The Chicago Police Department reported that Joyner was allegedly wearing the same clothes that were captured on surveillance video and a gun located hidden in between the driver’s seat and center console of the vehicle appeared to be the same caliber as the spent cases found at the scene.

Joyner is no stranger to the law and has been arrested four times in the past with at least two of those resulting in criminal gun charges. Joyner was first arrested in December of last year after running a stop sign.

During the stop, Joyner allegedly informed the police that he had a firearm in his glove compartment which the police checked and found the gun.

The gun had a laser light and an extended magazine which led to Joyner being arrested for possession of a firearm without a concealed carry permit.

When Judge Susana Ortiz heard this case, the Cook County prosecutor noted:

“This defendant is the subject of a[n] investigation from a[n] October shooting.”

Ortiz believed that Joyner was cooperative during his encounter with the Chicago Police Department and released him after ordering him to surrender all firearms, firearms authorization card, and ammunition to the Chicago Police Department upon his release.

There was no further mention of what shooting incident the prosecutor was noting during his arguments with the judge.

Joyner would later plead guilty to the charges and was sentenced to time served, which was two days.

While it is unknown if he ever surrendered his firearms to the police department, it was noted that Joyner was in possession of his revoked firearms authorization card at the time of his arrest.

When Joyner faced Cook County Judge Maryam Ahmad on December 9th. When she reviewed the facts of the case she stated that there was “overwhelming” evidence that Joyner was the person who allegedly shot and killed Tse. Afterward, Ahmad denied bail noting:

“This was an execution.”

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Chicago: 54th person so far this year arrested for shooting, killing or trying to kill someone while on felony bond

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago’s uncontrolled killing spree this year is being partially fueled by pretrial release of felons as evidenced from the arrest this week of a man who opened fire on a truck driver earlier this year.

 

Armonii Russell, 24, became the 54th person accused of killing, trying to kill, or shooting someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony. A total of 76 victims are involved in those crimes, according to a report in CWB Chicago.

Russell was arrested on a warrant for attempted murder this week for opening fire on a truck driver during a road rage incident on the Dan Ryan Expressway on April 27. At the time of the shooting, he was on bail awaiting trial for a firearm charge and manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

Before ordering Russell held without bail for the shooting, Judge Maryam Ahmad said:

“This court knows of no other offense more threatening to public safety than shooting at a vehicle on a highway.”

 

Russell is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

In an event captured on the truck driver’s dash camera, Russell’s vehicle sideswiped the trucker while the two were merging into traffic. Russell then pulled in front of the trucker and “brake checked” him repeatedly, according to Assistant State’s Attorney John Gnilka

Russell then displayed a handgun out the window of his vehicle and fired four shots through the trucker’s windshield. Thankfully, the driver was not struck by the gunfire.

The suspect then fled the scene while the trucker and a witness called police. Prosecutors said police used the truck’s dash camera video to obtain Russell’s license plate and other evidence to help identify him.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Russell in November, and police almost nabbed him earlier this year. During that arrest attempt, police observed the suspect entering his BMW and tried to take him into custody. The suspect managed to flee the scene but left behind a handgun and clothing that police used for DNA evidence.

The Chicago Police Department finally caught up with Russell this week during a traffic stop in the city.

In an increasingly common scenario in the “Windy City,” Russell was on bail for a felony when he committed the shooting. He had been released on just $2,500 bond for allegedly carrying a 45-caliber handgun while selling drugs in a South Side Laundromat in January.

The felon also had a pending grand larceny case in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he was released, according to Gnilka.

 

Chicago has been suffering from a violent crime spree and reduced police numbers this year. The problems are being exacerbated by the “Defund the Police” movement and liberal policies calling for limits on the use of cash bail and judges and prosecutors permitting violent offenders and felons to receive pretrial release.

A Loyola University study designed to show the success of bail reform has found the opposite. The report shows that Cook County’s controversial limits on the use of cash bail caused more crime on the streets of Chicago and resulted in fewer defendants showing up in court.

In the report, scholars Don Steman and David Olsen found that, controlling for a range of factors, bail reform led to the release of roughly 500 defendants who would otherwise have been detained. They also estimate that, both before and after reform, roughly 17 percent of released offenders committed a new crime, including three percent who committed a violent offense.

The report found:

“(Bail reform) had no effect on new criminal activity or crime.”

 

However, the report found that if 500 additional people were released under bail reform, and the same share of released individuals re-offended, then the total number of crimes in Chicago would rise. The New York Post explained:

“It’s a mathematical fact: More offenders multiplied by a constant crime rate equals more crimes. Using precise figures from the paper, the 9,200 individuals released following reform committed roughly 1,573 crimes and 294 violent crimes. If only 8,700 offenders had been released, they would have committed 1,488 new crimes and 278 violent crimes.

“In other words, the release of just 500 people led to roughly 85 additional crimes, including 16 additional violent crimes.”

Adding to the problems of bail reform, the study determined that such measures caused more offenders to fail to appear for court proceedings or trial.

The study found that there was a significant increase in the failure-to-appear rate, rising from 16.7 percent to 19.8 percent. This results in police, especially Chicago officers, having to serve more high-risk arrest warrants.

As of November 28, there have been 792 homicides in Chicago this year. In all of 2020, which saw riots and anti-police violence across the city, there were 730 homicides during the entire year. In comparison, there were 501 homicides in all of 2019.

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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