Sunday, October 11, 2015

HER OWN RECOGNIZANCE: Accused In Lincoln Park Shooting, Woman's Freed In 8 Hours

A woman accused of firing a handgun on a busy Lincoln Park street this weekend was in custody for less than eight hours, records show.

For nearly 10 minutes early Saturday, responding officers searched the area around Halsted and Wrightwood to find bystanders who may have seen reported shots fired. One after another told the police that they hadn't seen or heard anything out of the ordinary.

But, 25 minutes after the shots rang out, officers were able to arrest Jennifer C. Stegall of Broadview,  at 2610 N. Halsted—the address of the Wild Hare reggae club, police records show.

Reckless conduct charges were filed and Stegall, 32, was released on a recognizance bond within 8 hours.

No weapon was recovered. Or, as the bystanders would have said to police, "what weapon?"


A Lack Of Helpfulness

Several groups of witnesses who claimed to have been standing steps from the shooting scene for "five or ten minutes" told arriving officers that they hadn't seen or heard any shooting.

Even 7 minutes after neighbors had called 911, officers continued to look for someone who'd speak with them.

"I'm standing here with three citizens who did not hear anyone shooting," an officer said. "They been outside for about 10 minutes."

"Well," the 911 dispatcher replied, "“somebody heard something. This [dispatch] board is blew up.”

Finally, around 2:10AM, officers received clothing descriptions and paths of flight taken by individuals who had been at the shooting scene.

Stegall was taken into custody at 2:25AM.

No weapon was recovered.

Image: Stegall's mugshot from the Chicago Police Department
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20 comments:

  1. You are welcome to discuss your thoughts on the Wild Hare in other forums, but not ours.

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    1. Here's one

      http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime-posts/oct12-we-don-t-need-more-gunlaws-ones-we-7125905/

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  2. CWB, you can make any rules you want, but how about an explanation for your rules.
    That said, a misdemeanor charge and a recognizance bond for someone attempting to shoot another person seems mighty light. Did the police have access to the video at the time of the arrest?

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    1. Seems like it would be difficult to accurately identify people from the video. Between that and no weapon recovered it seems like they really don't have cause to deny her bond.

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  3. In sad reality, it probably doesn't make a difference if we hire or fire more cops, because the morons at the courthouse gleefully let these habitual offenders free time after time. And they are never held responsible for the repeat crimes their little pets commit after they are continuously freed.

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  4. really? is the video not evidence enough? i don't know how this works, but is it her "friends" that said there were no shots fired, and that's that? any officers or anyone else with experience in this area, I'd love to hear your analysis...

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    1. Well with two decades of experience I'd say that if the police on scene could only find people that said nothing happened then actually arresting this woman based solely on 911 calls even on a misdemeanor is above and beyond... Potentially even with the video as well.

      Did a victim come forth? No. So that's a problem... Even with this video which isn't a bad video the offender is simply going to say "that ain't me." And 99.75% is going to be let free, you know innocent until proven guilty. Once she is let free there is a potential of her suing the city, and the arresting officers for false arrest, since they couldn't prove that it was actually her...

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    2. No it's not, if a person gets shot at, they are the victim, if the victim says that's not the person who shot at me the case is over. Even if we know it is. We have victims who won't help, good people who just want their stuff back. Had one victim who told me that she knows how we treat the blackman, the person who just ripped the bag off her shoulder, suddenly it's my fault. Because he took your bag, people wouldn't believe some of the stuff we deal with.

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    3. The problem is the cops can't find the gun. Somebody stashed it. But the citizens who want peace in their valley should try and close the club down. The club should ban the people who caused the ruckus including the woman.
      I don't understand these clubs. I betcha there was a ruckus INSIDE the club, the woman & party were put out or left and carried it out into the streets. That should be enough for the club to ban the woman & party from future entry.

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  5. I cetainly hope someone runs against Anita Alvarez in the upcoming election. It is a travesty how her ASA'S under charge everything. Robberies are merely theft or purse snatchings, burglaries are merely trespassing, and now an unlawful use of a weapon is merely a reckless conduct. Do we know what Judge granted the I-bond?

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    1. I hope you mean someone GOOD will run against Alvarez.?
      While Felony Review is problematic and denies citizens the full protection under the law, minimizing/reducing criminal charges is largely under the discretion of CPD. 'Killing Crime' is the time honored method of reducing crime statistics and making the city seem more liveable.

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    2. Your wrong. The only felonies that CPD do not need S/A approval for is possession of narcotics. CPD has to notify the S/A office for approvals/disapproval of all other felonies.

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  6. Preckwinkle and Dart need to be replaced also.

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    1. I could not agree more about replacing those two as well. The jail census says there are 11000 or so inmates but approximately 4000 are on EM. I remember when Preckwinkle was trying to close the Juvy Detention Center and put these young gang bangers in group homes that do not exist. Quinn had to stop his practice of early release when too many reoffended yet Dart and Preckwinkle still feel it is more important to save money than the safety of people living in Cook County. I can only imagine how disillusioned our Officers must feel.

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  7. If the police were not at that stupid roll call, they could have shot this crazy b*tch.

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  8. CWD....any background information on this animal?

    Priors?

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    1. Animals cannot get arrested, however we will search for this *person's* court file on Tuesday. Today is a holiday.

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    2. Thank you, CWB, for all of your many hours of good and hard work. Your dedication to helping our neighborhood is much appreciated!

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    3. Calling losers like this animals is an insult to animals!

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  9. if you watch the video the woman name is Alicia not Jennifer I think they locked up the wrong woman

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