Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Man Arrested For Groping Woman on CTA Has Serious Arrest History

On February 3rd, 2017, a woman got on her bus, and expected to be safely transported. A safe transport is exactly what did NOT happen. A suspect that police have now identified as Christopher Gates of the 400 block of N. Harding Ave, is alleged to have grabbed the female passenger in an inappropriate manner without her consent, and then exited the bus.

Christopher Gates - Chicago Police photo
Gates is charged with one felony count of aggravated battery to a transit passenger and one felony count of unlawful restraint. This is not the first or even the second arrest for Gates. Gates is well-known to the Chicago Police Department, mostly for violent offenses, and offenses involving illicit drugs.

According to Chicago Police public adult arrest records, gates has been arrested 8 times in the past, and this arrest would make his 9th. Gates was arrested for the first time by Chicago Police on May 25, 2014 at 5:00PM. That first arrest had Gates charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and possessing less than 2.5 grams of cannabis. Gates was arrested that day at 1156 N Keeler Ave. on police beat 1111. At that time, police had his address listed as 726 N. Harding, located on police beat 1112.

Harding was arrested the second time on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM at 1222 N Pulaski Rd. This second arrest was also for Possession of a Controlled Substance. This time, the arrest took place on police beat 2534. This area is well-known for gang, drug, and other serious criminal activity. At the time of these first two arrests, Gates lived at 726 N. Harding on beat 1112.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 8:15AM, just 17 days short of seven months since his 2nd arrest, Gates was arrested for Stalking/Cause Fear/Safety/2+ (a violation of 720 ILCS 5.0/12-7.3-A-1), and Battery - Make Physical Contact, in violation of 720 ILCS 5.0/12-3-A-2. By this time, Gates had moved to 4102 W Crystal St., on beat 2534, according to Police Arrest records.

At some point after his issuance of warrant arrest on June 28th, 2016, he moved from 554 N Avers Ave, and by Oct 26th, 2016, he moved to 426 N Harding Ave.

Gate's full arrest record is displayed below as evidence of the above statements. This record came from the Chicago Police Department Adult Arrest Database, available to the public. 

As of this latest arrest, Gates has been held in Cook County Jail in lieu of a $900,000 bond. Gates is due back in court on 6/14/2017. This information per the Cook County Sheriff's Department Inmate Locator Service. 

Chicago-One News attempted to reach out to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the Chicago Police Department for an official statement, and communications with police are pending for further information about Mr. Gate's prior history with their department. Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi has stated the department must keep their comments limited to Mr. Gate's prior history only, due to his current case in a pending status with the Cook County Circuit Court. (Edited on May 4th, 2017 at or around 9:30AM to reflect changes to facts regarding communications between Chicago-One News and CPD)  

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