Monday, April 24, 2017

Jeremiah Holt - Accused Chicago Chinatown Expressway Ramp Shooter Was Out on Bond For Pending Trial in 2016 Weapons Charge

Chicago-One News brought you the story of Chicago's recent shooting in Chinatown, and now police say they've charged a suspect. Jeremiah Holt, 20, of Chicago has been charged with first degree murder, armed robbery, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, according to Illinois State Police. This was not the first time Holt was involved in a crime with a weapon he wasn't allowed to have, neither was this his first such offense involving a motor vehicle.

Jeremiah Holt, November 2016 Chicago Police Photo

Jeremiah Holt has an adult arrest history with the Chicago Police Department that starts back on September 04th, 2016. That first arrest saw Holt charged with retail theft, less than $300.00, and he was given a 1,500.00 D Bond.

Holt's second arrest in November of 2016 saw him charged with a litany of crimes. Those charges were: UUW - Weapon - Possess / Carry / Conceal Weapon, Criminal Trespass to Vehicles, No Turn Signals Violation, Driving on a Suspended License, and Insurance - Operate Motor Vehicle Without.

According to the arrest record for the November 2016 arrest, he was released two days later after being arrested, but there is no indicator about any bond or bail posted for his release. A search of the Cook County Sheriff's Department Inmate Locator shows that Holt was last due in court for the 2016 UUW charge in January of 2017, and that he was given a $50,000 bond. This new arrest for the Dan Ryan Expressway shooting in Chinatown violates that bond.

Jeremiah Holt - Cook County Sheriff's Department Jail Individual Inmate Report
Here is the Chicago Police Department Zone13 Radio Audio of the events that took place on April 19th, 2017 when Holt allegedly shot and killed one person, wounded another, and then caused a traffic collision that injured two Chicago Police Officers and two civilians.

During this audio recording, you'll hear police say they have a "positive I.D." and then comes the call for the auto collision at 31st & Shields involving the injured Chicago Police Officers. In THAT crash, one officer was in critical condition and at the time, unable to feel his legs. This fact was relayed to the dispatcher by the unit calling the emergency. After this is established, an officer at the scene says there is another vehicle with "unknown number of occupants and unknown injuries"


These tweets were sent out by the Chicago Fire Department, and the Chicago Police Department by their respective spokespersons

WGN-TV, Skycam 9 Reporter, Sarah Jindra, took this photo from above the scene as police worked to investigate and successfully close the case. 

Sarah Jindra photo from April 19th, 2017 at the Dan Ryan Chinatown Expressway
Later in the evening, Chicago Police and State Police remained on the scene searching for any other evidence, including shell casings from the shooting as documented by Twitter user @MorsOntologica

Bond Court Hearing

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Holt to be held at Cook County Jail without bond on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017.

Holt is due back in court today, April 24th, 2017, as indicated by his individual inmate report. 

Remembering Jeremy Scullark

Jeremy Scullark had been dropping off a friend at the nearby CTA Red Line station and was then on his way home, according to information from his family provided to NBC Chicago. In that NBC piece, the family says he was attending college, and planning to marry his girlfriend later this year. They said he was a person who loved life.

Family members set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses, and raised $11,330.00 for his final services. The GoFundMe campaign is now closed. 
Jeremy Scullark - GoFundMe photo

There is currently no public information available about services for Mr. Scullark.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chicago Police Charge Lakeview "Nightmare Party Crasher"

April 15th, 2017 was an evening of aggressive party crashing for 24 year old James Warren. Warren, who is from the area of the Dan Ryan Woods on Chicago's south side Auburn Gresham neighborhood on police beat 614, found himself with a friend in the Lakeview area of the city. At some point during the 11PM hour, Warren and his friend spotted a party going on that was hosted by a local university student and his roommate. Several of the party guests attend DePaul University according to a witness for the state.

The party was held in the 2900 block of N. Sheffield. Upon being told by the party host that he wasn't wanted or welcome, Warren proceeded to shove his way into the apartment, using a group of arriving guests as his leverage. While at the party, Warren engaged in unwanted touching of several women and did so while acting aggressively. Warren and his friend agreed to leave, but on his way out, Warren slapped and punched two guests.

Warren returned once more and started asking people there if they wanted to fight and telling them he had a gun. Warren left again, but returned at or around 1:15AM on April 16th, 2017, using a back entrance to gain unauthorized entry for a third time. At this time, Warren opened fire, striking a male victim four times in his thigh, ankle, and knee.  Edit - April 24th, 2017: Correction - The Cook County Sheriff has knowingly and INTENTIONALLY misled the public by making it appear as if Warren has been charged with 1st Degree Murder. The victim is STILL ALIVE.  

Warren's original charges were attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery - firearm and stand as such.

Warren has a history as an adult with the Chicago Police Department that started on July 21st, 2015. That arrest brought charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.Warren's second arrest occurred on April 9th, 2016, and he was charged with Domestic Battery - Make Physical Contact. Warren's newest arrest was for the new charges he now faces. Warren's complete history is detailed directly from Chicago Police Arrest records below.

Warren was in bond court on April 22nd, 2017, and Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto represented the state, while Warren was represented by Assistant Public Defender Megan Tomlinson. Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil set bail at $800,000

Logan Square Sexual Abuse Suspect Taken Into Custody - Police

Chicago Police Area North Detectives have arrested a suspect in the Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a young Logan Square Girl filed under RD#: JA-226451

Chicago - One first brought you that story on April 19th, 2017.

43 year old Noe Moreno was taken into custody yesterday (Friday), April 21st, 2017. Moreno, of the 2200-block of North Narragansett Ave, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 9 years old. moreno will be in bond court tomorrow, April 23rd, 2017.

Noe Moreno - Chicago Police Photo
At this time, it is unknown if Moreno has a history with CPD prior to July 4th, 2014, when the Chicago Police Adult Arrest Database publishes adult arrests on or after that date. The Cook County Sheriff's Inmate Search showed no information for Moreno, and the Illinois Department of Corrections public searches had no information on Moreno, and Moreno did not appear in the Illinois Sex Offender Database.  

Chicago Police Serve Search Warrant - Find Large Drug Operation in 20th District

On April 22nd, 2017, Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony (AJ) Guglielmi tweeted that a suspect named Reggie C. Catayong had been arrested after following a Chicago Police Officer after court and threatening that officer. Chicago Police had obtained a search warrant for Catayong's home after that incident, and found what Guglielmi said was a "significant drug operation inside his home"

Reggie C. Catayong - Chicago Police Department Photo
This is the significant drug operation Chicago Police discovered with their search warrant

This is Reggie Catayong's Arrest from March 26th, 2017 at 4870 N. Francisco on beat 2031.

This is Reggie Catayong's Cook County Jail Individual Inmate Report. Reggie has been held by the Cook County Circuit Court with NO BOND.

Apparently, the County Sheriff was updating the record when Chicago-One checked-in on Catayong. The full record should be up within 24 hours.

Edit - 3:08PM, 22 April 2017 NBC Chicago reports the following facts:

Catayong was charged with one count of harassing a witness, six counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of marijuana possession over 5 kilograms and one count of possession of hypodermic needles – all felonies, authorities said. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a replica firearm

42-year-old Jack Artinian, of the 2200 block of W. Farwell Ave. in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, was charged with one felony count of harassing a witness, according to police. Both men are accused of following the officer in a vehicle as the officer left court in the 2400 block of W. Belmont Ave. in the city’s Lake View neighborhood, then following the officer more than three miles north to the 2800 block of W. Catalpa Ave., where police said Catayong shouted “We’re going to get you!” at the officer while in traffic around 2 p.m. 

The two were subsequently stopped and taken into custody in the alley of the 5100 block of N. Troy St. in the city's North Park neighborhood. Police say Artinian was driving the vehicle that followed the officer.


Information from the bond court hearing is courtesy of Liam Ford and Will Lee at the Chicago Tribune

Catayong was in bond court today at 26th & California. Today, we learned that 
when the tactical officers executed the search warrant, they found about 20 pounds of marijuana, about 200 ounces of liquid THC (the primary chemical that causes the marijuana high), about 13 ounces of narcotic mushrooms, 3 ounces of cocaine and almost 20 ounces of liquid steroids, according to a police spokesman. Other drugs included 153 miscellaneous pills, 46 steroid pills and 17 MDMA or ecstasy pills.

Police confiscated a replica handgun and $14,333 in cash, 2 gold bars, 18 silver bars worth about $1,800 each, two gold pieces, 51 rare coins, 62 dollar coins, 26 half-dollar coins and 73 casino chips, according to police. Catayong has also been charged with felony possession of hypodermic needles.

Jack Artinian has been held in Cook County Jail in lieu of 1 Million dollars bond. Artinian was in bond court yesterday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Deadly Shooting in Chicago's Chinatown Leaves Two Police Officers Injured, One Civilian Dead and One Injured

This evening in Chicago's Chinatown community, Chicago Police received a call of a shooting at the Chinatown Feeder Ramp. Police and Fire officials say they believe the shooting occurred at or around 5:10PM, and that Chicago police were coordinating their investigation with illinois State Police to find out if the shooting may have taken place on the expressway.

Chicago and Illinois State Police Investigate the fatal shooting on the Chinatown Feeder Ramp this evening. Chicago One News Photo.

The violent shooting took place near Cermak and Wentworth. Two Chicago Police Officers responding to the shooting call were involved in an accident at 31st & Shields, which left two other people injured as well. Those two people were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and were said to be in serious to critical condition. The involved Police Officers were taken to Stroger Hospital by the Chicago Fire Department EMS Service. At this time, one CPD Officer is in serious condition, the other in good condition.

The Chicago Tribune's Peter Nickeas live - tweeted the tragic incident as it unfolded. 

According to the Chicago Tribune, "Both exit and on ramps were closed. Three Chicago officers and a state police trooper searched the weeds on the side of the on-ramp for evidence. Three helicopters, at least one of them a police chopper, circled the area above. About an hour after the shootings, an ambulance arrived, and a handcuffed man was placed inside."

As seen in the last tweet to Nickeas, one Twitter user said his father was on-scene in one of the nearby vehicles. the tweet appears to have been sent to confirm the incident.   

Chicago Police are continuing their investigation at this time. 

Area North Detectives Seek Suspect in Attempted Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a Child

Address of Occurrence: 3900 block of West Diversey

Date: 15 April 2017

Time: 9:30PM

Police District: 025

Beat of Occurrence: 2523

Beat of Assignment: unk

UCR Code: 1562

RD#: JA-226451

Detective Area: North

Detective Beat Assigned: Unit series 5300 & 7300


Victim is a female minor who told reporting officers she had an unwanted interaction with the suspect described below while at a grocery store, who motioned her to him, and kissed her on the cheek. The unknown male then grabbed the minor female's hand and placed it into his pant pocket.The unknown male was subsequently confronted by a family member at which point he fled from the store on foot.

Suspect Description / Suspect Information:

White Hispanic man, possibly between 40 and 50 years old,between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7, with an olive complexion, medium build, black, medium-length hair, brown eyes and a thin mustache, police said. He was wearing a black baseball hat, black jacket, white, long-sleeved sweatshirt, green-colored camouflage pants and black boots. Suspect known to frequent the Logan Square area.

Anyone with information about this crime or the offender is asked to contact the Special Investigations Unit at (312) 492-3810

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Murdered, Suspect Charged

After an intense, detailed investigation, Chicago Police have arrested and charged Joshua Smith, a 37 year old man who they say shot and killed Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Myles. Myles served in the criminal division at 26th & California, and was recently hearing cases involving youth involved with drugs.
Judge Raymond Myles, ABC Photo

 The Crime & Investigation

Address: 9400 Block S. Forest Ave. 

Date of Occurrence: April 10th, 2017

Time: 05:30am

Beat of Occurrence: 0633

Beat of Assignment: unk

Detective Area: South (610)

Detective Unit Assigned:  Violent Crimes, Homicide

Detective Beat: 51xx

UCR Codes: 0110 (Homicide, First Degree), 041A (Aggravated Battery, Firearm / Other Dangerous Weapon)

RD# unk (Chicago-One will have this within a few days)

Event# unk


Judge Myles awoke and readied himself for his day, also preparing to go to the gym with his girlfriend. The girlfriend left the house and went outside. The girlfriend was outside the house when she encountered the armed offender. The judge heard the commotion, came out and confronted the gunman. He was shot four times and killed. The shooter ran away and may have gotten into a getaway car nearby. These details per Chicago Police and ABC 7 Chicago.

Police responded and found two shooting victims identified as Judge Myles and his girlfriend, who is not being named to protect her. She was shot in the leg, and survived. Responding officers made all notifications per Department Policy, and summoned an ambulance first. The Chicago Fire Department arrived and transported the female victim.

Area South Detectives responded to the scene, and while they were enroute, the responsible unit summoned the Chicago Police Department Crime Lab to document and process the scene.  

Joshua Smith, charged in the murder of Judge Raymond Myles, Chicago Police Photo

 The Press Conference

Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples could not give all details because the investigation is on-going. She said Detectives worked Non-Stop and recovered bullet casings. The gun used in this murder was used in a robbery in the 007th district. The footage obtained from cameras in the area played a crucial role in helping to find and arrest Mr. Smith. Last night, 005th district tactical officers found the getaway vehicle outfitted with two different plates to obscure the car. One of those plates was the original plate.

Smith was charged with First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, and Obstruction. He was convicted of robbery before and served time in the IDOC. The case is open, active, and ongoing. Area South Detectives named in the investigation were numerous. Staples read off the names too quickly to document them.

Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said more information would be learned in bond court tomorrow. She said they believe the robbery was targeted. She further said this incident was not connected to Judge Myles's duties as a criminal court judge. At the end of the conference, police said Smith brought himself in to the Area South Detective Division and was questioned by them at that time.

The Press Conference lasted about 10 minutes or less.

Chicago Zone 10 Sees 3 False Calls in an Hour, 10th District Encounters Person On Terror Watch List

Chicago's OEMC (Office of Emergency Management and Communications) where everyone's 911 calls are sent to, is always a bustling and busy place. Police know that working some districts means answering a higher volume of calls. Dispatchers know working certain zones means they likely won't even get a lunch break.

Today, between the hour of 11AM and 12PM, OEMC / CPD Zone 10 received three calls of a person with a gun in the area of California & Roosevelt. Two different descriptions were given. Police responded and found no one matching either description.

Just prior to these calls, a unit in the 10th district encountered a person on the U.S. DHS Terrorism Watch List. The officer, working in concert with the zone dispatcher, was unable to determine the level assigned to the person of interest. There are three levels a person on the list can be assigned. The dispatcher discovered that DHS had an advisory in the system telling police not to inform he subject that they are on the list, along with a phone number for police to make contact with DHS at in regards to the subject on the list.

This discovery was made after police ran the person's license plate. No further information is available about this person, or why they were placed on the list.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

BREAKING NEWS - Illinois Senate Approves Tougher Sentences For Repeat Gun Offenders

Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul pushed a State bill through in Springfield, and today that bill has been approved by the Illinois Senate. The Senate voted 35 - 9 in favor of the bill. Raoul says it would only apply to those facing sentencing and who already have gun violence on their records.

Chicago NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the story

How Chicago Police Protected Lawndale Gang-Rape Victim, Possibly Made Errors Regarding Suspect identification

On April 5th, 2017, Chicago-1 was analyzing public statements made by the Chicago Police Department in regards to the Lawndale Gang-Rape case to make sure Chicago-1 was following the case correctly, and giving correct reportage to the public. In otherwords, Chicago-1 was triple-checking its own work.

In this process, Chicago-1 went to Google Maps to see the area where CPD said they found the victim, to know the beat assigned to that area, what's in that area, conditions in the area, etc. Chicago-1 entered 16th & Independence, no hit. Next entered was 16th St. & Independence Blvd, no hit. Finally, Chicago-1then threw in Chicago as the city hit.

Now there's curiosity, so a search is done for Independence Blvd. Chicago-1 followed it from its starting point to its ending point where it becomes W. Douglas Blvd. Suspicion arises, so now 16th st. is searched. The map goes to 16th st. zoom - out to see where this is in relation to Independence & discover this is south of Independence where Independence becomes W. Douglas Blvd.

We now know that the victim wasn't found where CPD says she was found. A review of this aspect of the case reveals that CPD found a clever move they could use to protect the victim by obscuring that location. This tactic is completely legal, and in the interest of the victim. 

Possible CPD Errors in This Case - Offender Identification

Chicago-1 turns its attention to the offender identification statement made in Mitch Dudek's Suntimes article dated April 4th, 2017 in which CPD admits they used still photos from the video recorded attack to show the victim, calling into question whether or not the offenders were identified properly. Then CPD says they obtained a search warrant to obtain one offender's Facebook data in which the offender purportedly confesses to some aspect of the attack.

There's this CPD policy: Special Order S06-02 Live Lineups, Photo Lineups, and Showups

Issue Date: 06 February 2015

Effective Date: 06 February 2015

Rescinds: 12 January 2015 version

Index Category: Processing Persons

Quick quote from the policy citing Illinois State Law on the matter:

Illinois statute 725 ILCS 5/107A-2 regulates lineup procedures. Failure to follow the below procedures for live lineups and photo lineups will result in a challenge to the admissibility of the lineup and the likely exclusion of the identification at court.

Here's the 7 page policy in it's entirety. There's an 8th page, but it's left blank. There are important U.S. Supreme Court rulings cited within.

If any of this becomes an issue resulting from CPD's public statements quoted in the Sun-Times, the lawyers will argue it out and the court will have to make a ruling one way or another.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Clearer Picture Emerging in Chicago Facebook Live Lawndale Gang-Rape Case

Yesterday the public learned only some of the nightmare details of what was done to a 15 year old girl from Chicago's Lawndale community. The 15 year old male, referred to in Juvenile Court only by his initials, was held in juvenile detention by Cook County Judge Patricia Mendoza after she said "the lack of a criminal history is not a get out of jail free card,” then saying "this case is absolutely heinous and one of the most serious cases I have seen.”

The 15 year old male in this case, who is the second participant arrested, is alleged to have received oral sex from the victim who was under duress at the time of the attack, and is further alleged to have slapped the victim in the head, recording a portion of the attack and sending it to someone on Facebook Messenger.   

The public learned in this recent hearing with the 15 year old male that Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Maha Gardner representing the state on that day, laid out a case in which the victim allegedly encountered the boys in a local park on March 19th, then lured into a basement that same day, and then raped by the attackers. Gardner said the state had learned that it was the 14 year old boy who had told the victim she could “have sex the easy way or the hard way” and threatened her with a pit bull attack if she tried to escape.

The allegations continue with Gardner saying the 14 year old then held her down and raped her. We now know that when police in the 10th District found the victim, she was found at 16th st. & Independence Blvd.  

Liliana Dago is a Public Defender with the Cook County Public Defender's Office, and  is assigned to represent the 15 year old male in this case. Dago said in court there was not enough evidence for several of the sexual-assault charges against the 15 year old male and that he did not engage in intercourse with the victim. ASA Gardner then fought the Public Defender, arguing that while the boy may not have had intercourse, the charges were appropriate because he was there and videotaped another person raping the girl. “They were acting in conjunction, under the theory of accountability, he can by all means be charged with this.” was the exact argument Gardner brought to her legal arsenal in the courtroom.

What Happens in Juvenile Court?

The Juvenile Court is very similar to other courtrooms. The State, the defense attorney(s), a Circuit Court Judge, Cook County Sheriff's Deputy, Court Reporter, Court Clerk, and other interested parties gather for the case to be heard. The minor is brought into the courtroom, and the Judge announces the proceedings before the court. This includes the reading of the formal criminal complaint. There is an opportunity for the defense to plea, and the court then makes sure the plea is entered voluntarily by the defendant of their own free will. The court then advises the defendant of the consequences of their plea. 

The court makes a decision as to whether the juvenile should be held, or allowed to go home pending other court hearings, trial, etc. 

About Judge Patricia Mendoza

Judge Patricia Mendoza, Linked-In Profile photo
The Honorable Patricia Mendoza hears cases in Cook County Court Calendar 53. Mendoza is an Associate Judge. Mendoza was elected to the bench on May 4th, 2005 after serving as an Assistant State's Attorney General, and was sworn-in on June 1st, 2005. Mendoza has now been on the bench for 11 years and 11 months. Her background is an education at DePaul University College of Law from 1981 to 1984, and she was the Chief of The Civil Rights Bureau for the State of Illinois Attorney General's Office prior to becoming a Cook County Associate Judge in the Juvenile Court.

About ASA Maha Gardner

Graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2005 with a B.B.A. in International Marketing and Spanish. She started Loyola in 2001. University of Wisconsin Law School 2005 to 2008, graduated with a J.D. and became an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County in January of 2010.