Chicagoland: Criminal facing felony charge released from jail, shoots ex-girlfriend weeks after shooting her boyfriend


CHICAGO, IL – It’s the same story every week: A Chicago criminal out on bail on a felony charge goes on to create more murder and mayhem at the expense of everybody else’s safety.

This week the alleged perpetrator, a man from Broadview, shot the mother of his children on Friday — just weeks after he had shot her current boyfriend, prosecutors said.

Tyshawn Jackson, 24, who was wanted for skipping bail in a pending felony drug case when the shootings occurred, is now the 16th person charged with killing or shooting, or trying to shoot or kill, someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial on a felony charge, according to CWB Chicago.

The shootings involve at least 35 victims, eight of whom have died. CWB Chicago is a community-funded news service that focuses on public safety issues affecting Chicago’s North Side.

The shooting of the new boyfriend took place early on March 7, prosecutors said. Jackson allegedly fired three shots at the man as he left Jackson’s ex-girlfriend’s home on the 5900 block of West Fulton Street in Oak Park. The shots missed and the 36-year-old victim ducked behind a car, police said.

The boyfriend could clearly see Jackson’s face as he fired three more shots from about 15 feet away, prosecutors said. The victim was shot in his forearm and the gunman fled the scene.

Prosecutors said a bullet ruptured an artery in his arm and he had to undergo three surgeries to avoid amputation. The man recognized Jackson because they have had multiple encounters since the victim began dating Jackson’s former girlfriend, according to police.

Jackson stayed with the 24-year-old woman for several days this month but they began arguing the afternoon of April 21, prosecutors said. He allegedly took her phone from her and put his hands around her neck, obstructing her breathing, according to CWB Chicago.

The woman broke free but Jackson retrieved a firearm and pointed it at her as he backed out of the apartment, prosecutors charge. The woman closed and locked the door but he kicked it open and they struggled at the threshold.

Jackson threatened to kill the woman and then fired one shot that hit her in the upper leg, prosecutors said. Police allegedly found a handgun in Jackson’s possession when they arrested him nearby minutes later.

The woman was in good condition Saturday as Jackson appeared in bond court. Prosecutors did not explain why he had not been arrested nor charged with shooting the woman’s boyfriend in the weeks before the new incident.

Jackson’s defense attorney suggested in the bond hearing that his client might have a self-defense claim in the second shooting.

Prosecutors charged Jackson with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered him held without bail. Finally.

Chicagoland: Four-time felon out on bond for felony picked up after gunman shoots at five people in car

April 22, 2022

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago just can’t seem to learn the simple truth that some people need to be in jail. Case in point: A four-time felon out on bond for his third felony gun case has now been charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Hector Rivera is one of two gunmen who opened fire April 6 on a carload of people on the Lower West Side. Two of the car’s occupants were injured in the shooting.


It’s hardly a rare event. Just this year alone, Rivera is the 15th person charged with killing or shooting, or trying to shoot or kill, someone in Chicago while awaiting trial on a felony charge. The shootings involve at least 33 victims, eight of whom have died.

Five friends, including three who just got off work at McDonald’s, were targeted after they drove to a liquor store in the 2300 block of West 21st Street at 10:45 a.m., according to the Chicago Police Department.

When one victim left the car to go into the store, two gunmen began shooting him and the four who remained in the vehicle, police said.

The car’s driver sped away from the gunfire and headed to a hospital after two passengers realized they had been hit by the gunfire. An 18-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to her bicep and a 19-year-old man was shot in his stomach, officials said.

Rivera was identified by his tattoos when detectives reviewed surveillance footage from the liquor store, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said.

Investigators circulated images from the videos and two officers who’d had previous contact with Rivera were able to identify him by name.

Kalliantasis said Rivera’s face is visible in the video and he is shown holding a gun inside the liquor store and later firing the weapon at the vehicle outside the business.

Only one of the victims identified Rivera in a photo lineup. The other four either picked a different person or could not identify the gunman at all, Kalliantasis said.

Police surveilled Rivera’s home and arrested him April 18.

His previous felony convictions: burglary in 2011, manufacture-delivery and unlawful use of a weapon in 2013, manufacture-delivery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2015, and fleeing and eluding in 2017, Kalliantasis said.

Rivera’s pending case is unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in suburban Cook County. He was out on $5,000 for that case.

Judge Charles Beach ordered Rivera held without bail, perhaps a sign that Chicago’s revolving door of justice is slowing down.

Chicagoland: Seven-time convicted felon cuts ankle monitor, gets arrested again – this time with a stolen motorcycle

March 16, 2022

CHICAGO, IL – A convicted felon, seven times over, was arrested once again in Streeterville, an upscale neighborhood in Cook County.

According to Assistant State Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis, the suspect Anthony Moore, 63, walked out of his house and left behind his ankle monitor back in September 2021. He was under house arrest for pending burglary and stolen vehicle charges.

The judge overseeing those cases issued a warrant for his arrest on escape charges, but he remained on the run until March 9th.

A 911 call was place shortly after 9 p.m. reporting a theft in progress at 400 North McClurg Court according to Chicago police. When police arrived, they found Moore sitting on a motorcycle with its lights on. The ignition was not engaged.

When Moore was approached, he apparently struggled with the officers and was subsequently tased and taken into custody.

According to a report by CWB Chicago news, police determined that the motorcycle had been reported stolen. A backpack in Moore’s possession contained seven screwdrivers, an electric multi-tool, and a set of pliers.

These are all considered burglar tools under certain circumstances, including this one. Kalliantasis said Moore was charged with possessing a stolen motor vehicle, possession of burglar tools, aggravated battery of police, criminal trespass and resisting. Judge David Navarro set bail at $50,000 on these charges.

According to the State Attorney, Moore had been convicted of possessing burglar tools three times in 2012 along with a burglary conviction that year as well. He had previous motor vehicle convictions in 2006 and 2001 according to Kalliantasis.

Just a little over a year ago, the Illinois Legislature passed a bill that alters the way police and other law enforcement officers operate in the state, despite strong objections from both police and citizens. HB 3653 passed both the state House and Senate in just a few hours — before lawmakers could debate it, or even finish reading the whole thing.

Illinois State Sen. John Curran said his office received more than 500 calls opposing the amendment since it was introduced in the legislature, particularly around a provision that will remove cash bail from the state. This bill also received pushback from the law enforcement organizations across the state, including the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition and Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7.

“It ties the hands of police officers while pursuing suspects and making arrests and allows criminals to run free without bail,” the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition said in a statement. “In the dark of night, Illinois legislators made Illinois less safe.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill in February, setting the stage for more drastic reforms like this to sweep the country. Most provisions went into effect July 1, 2021, and cash bail is expected to be fully eliminated by January 2023.

While the Chicago police are continuing their efforts to keep streets safe, the courts seem to be relying on ineffective electronic monitoring of individuals released without bail.

It has gotten so bad that CWB Chicago, a community news group, was formed to report on crimes, statistics and trends in the Chicago area that the city refuses to address.

Electronic monitoring, for instance, has become so ineffective that CWB Chicago has initiated “Electronic Monitoring Appreciation Week” to highlight the number of offenders who continue to commit crimes while being monitored.

On March 14, 2022, CWB reported that James Sutton, who was on electronic monitoring while fighting charges that he shot a man, had a gun in his pocket during a traffic stop last week. He is now facing additional charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In another case, Joshua Noah fired a gun into restaurant ceiling while on an electronic monitoring device for more than 27 felonies, including home invasion, carjacking and kidnapping.

According to retired Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel, Joshua Noah, the man charged, “is an extremely violent individual and should never have been out on bond or electronic monitoring.” He went on to say that “judges have been using electronic monitoring for reducing jail population and saving dollars.”

In yet another case involving electronic monitoring for a violent home invasion, Juan Rodriguez, 41, was initially held without bail but subsequently released with an ankle monitor.

As a result of a search executed at his home, he was found in possession of a loaded gun, ammo, 10 pounds of marijuana, and a stash of cocaine worth $14K prosecutors allege.

These are only a few examples of electronic monitoring failures that are occurring just in Cook County alone.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said last year it wasn’t worth the cost to upgrade because most people on EM were accused of low-level, non-violent offenses.

“Now, there’s a different level of people being put on there,” Dart said.

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