Saturday, September 20, 2014

HAS-BEN: Man Accused In Thursday Morning Robbery

Jonathan Ben (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
A 21-year-old South Side man is being held on $750,000 bond this morning, accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in Lincoln Park Thursday morning.

Jonathan A. Ben, of the 7800 block of S. Euclid, is charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Witnesses and the 25-year-old victim reported that a man in a ski mask, black hoodie, and dark pants pulled out a blue steel revolver and took the woman’s pink purse at Wrightwood and Clark.

Cops tracked the victim’s iPhone and found Ben on a southbound Ashland bus at Fullerton.

When confronted, police say, Ben told them “I have a gun in my waistband." It turned out to be a blue steel 5-shot revolver according to court records.

Officers say they found the victim’s Macbook and iPhone in Ben’s possession as well as a hoodie and facemask.

Ben's 2012 mughot.
Ben has two prior convictions as an adult in Cook County.

He served two days for shoplifting from the Walmart Neighborhood Market near Broadway and Diversey in July and he served one year for unlawful use of a loaded firearm on the South Side in 2012.

His 2012 mugshot is intriguing.
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  1. WTF! Why is he only being charge with two felonies? How about attempted murder, unlawful concealment of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Everyone can scream about gun control all they want but until there are some _real_ consequences for the criminals that use them nothing will change. We are at the mercy of gang bangers and criminals.

    "he served one year for unlawful use of a loaded firearm on the South Side in 2012."

    So, he should have been in jail for multiple felonies since 2012. But instead the courts found it beneficial to release him back into society after only one year. Thanks for nothing.

    This scum bag who does not care about society or people. We should not have to live in fear over criminals that have a track record of violence and should be rotting in jail but are given nothing more than a slap on the wrist every time they attack someone.

  2. Drunk drivers get tougher sentences in most Cities.

    1. Well, drunk drivers often have money! Nice, deep pockets, that can sustain a couple thousand dollar fine, say sorry, get a good lawyer to keep him out of jail, and keep on being a taxpayer.

      Where's the profit motive for the city in giving this guy a steep sentence?

    2. I think you hit the nail on the head with the "deep pockets" observation. Seems that crimes are only "serious" or come with greater consequences when there's money to be made off of the perp.

      Another poster mentioned that prostitutes get harsher sentences. No, I'm not saying prostitution is OK....but that is far less dangerous than a gun crime.

      Kind of like stealing a car will get you into more hot water than raping someone. Sickening.

  3. If you drink and drive, they want to absolutely destroy your life without mercy.

    However, these violent, career offenders receive leniency.

    ... ridiculous.

    1. Google "anarcho-tyranny".

    2. I did Google that term. Very interesting. Thanks.

      Seems a couple yuppies who drink wine in the park can get a ticket, but "youth" who roam the streets and terrorize residents get a slap on the wrist - if that.

    3. No money to be made off of violent career criminals. Sad but true.

  4. Gotta agree with anon #1 up there about stiffer charges etc.

  5. Shit, can't we get some local criminals to prey upon us. Help the neighborhood, kinda like shopping locally.

  6. Looks like he got tuned up back in 2012. No doubt he was resisting arrest.

  7. @ Anonymous - prostitutes get tougher sentences in Chicago.

  8. What most citizen/civilians were never taught in High School Civics was that ALL PROSECUTIONS ARE SELECTIVE, and in Cook County that means that an Assistant State's Attorney, usually a young attorney who did not do well enough in law school to get a high paying job with a decent law firm, comes to the police station. The ASA interviews the victim and in essence puts the victim on trial. If you doubt me talk to any CPD Detective, and you will see that they even "Run" the Social Security Number of the victim to see if they are a "good victim". If the victim has a crime history, even as a troubled youth, as a say runaway; the ASA will based on their assessment of the victim and interview of the Suspect; then determine what to charge the Suspect with. The Police in Chicago DO NOT CHARGE PEOPLE WITH FELONIES, THE STATE'S ATTORNEY MAKES THAT CALL and factors including if the case is negotiable are taken into account. In other words, the ASA will leave enough room for a Plea Bargain which is seen as a victory for the State's Attorney's Office, because the State's Attorney's Office does not like to lose cases. Politics comes first and foremost for everything in Chicago, and prosecutions are no exception. Oh, and don't forget, Race also is a factor. Remember the President of Cook County said there are too many men of color in Cook County Jail, so add that to the picture. So ignore all that "entertainment" on T.V., in Chicago every felony case is negotiated, reviewed and in essence "tried" long before the case goes before a judge. And that is why these mutts commit major felonies in Chicago and are not tried to the maximum effect of the law. In Du Page County, there is no deal, or mercy, there they get the full force of the law on charging. BOTTOM LINE, YOUR LIFE AND HEALTH ARE WORTH LESS IN CHICAGO IN THE EYES OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.