Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Witness Chases Burglary Suspect Onto Ice At Belmont Harbor, Fights Him, Holds Him For Cops

A career criminal is facing new charges after a tenacious witness allegedly saw him break into an apartment yesterday morning and then refused to let the con get away.

Ortiz's mugshots from yesterday (top) and prison.
Police say the witness chased 56-year-old parolee Jose A. Ortiz from 3740 N. Pine Grove, across Lake Shore Drive, over a fence, and onto the ice at Belmont Harbor while simultaneously relaying the action in a phone call to 911.

Along the way, Ortiz tried to escape by jumping on a CTA bus, but the driver kicked him off, the witness said.

Police found Ortiz and the witness grappling at the far north end of Belmont Harbor shortly before noon.

Prosecutors charged Ortiz with criminal damage to property. His bail is set at $2,000.

Ortiz has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison since 1979, yet he manages to keep getting released.

State records show that Ortiz was paroled in January 2014 after serving a fraction of a 6-year burglary sentence. His previous convictions and sentences include:
  • 6 years for burglary in 2007
  • Another 6 years for burglary in 2007
  • Still another 6 years for burglary in 2007
  • And yet another 6 years for burglary in 2007
  • 6 years for theft in 2003
  • Another 6 years for for theft in 2003
  • Still another 6 years for theft in 2003
  • And yet another 6 years for in 2003
  • 6 years for narcotics in 2003
  • 9 years for burglary in 1996
  • 7 years for burglary in 1991
  • 7 years for burglary in 1988
  • 6 years for burglary in 1979
  • Another 6 years for burglary in 1979
  • 6 years for armed robbery in 1979

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18 comments:

  1. Another early parolee because of prison overcrowding. We need a 3 strikes & you're out in Illinois. It's past time.

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  2. Kudos to the neighbor who called the police and gave pursuit!

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  3. 15 arrests? He either wants to be in prison or he is remarkably bad at his chosen vocation.

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    1. I've read career criminals are arrested approximately ten percent of the time.

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  4. Who is this witness? We need an interview!

    What is the current address for Ortiz? If it's a Lakeview center for homeless youth, would anyone be surprised? I kid but I'm guessing he's living in some kind of halfway-house sort of facility.

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    1. Doubtful he calls a youth shelter as home as he's 56 years old.

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    2. You'd be surprised at the "youth" who claim The Crib as their residence...

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  5. I'm sure he's just about to turn his life around...

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  6. Look at that rap sheet. He's really, REALLY bad at being a criminal.

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  7. They ran from 3760 Pine Grove to Belmont Harbor? That's a good five or six block run.

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  8. Hey, he didn't commit a crime from 2007 till 2016. That's a new record for this loser! Give him parole and let him skate by again.

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    1. Didn't commit a crime or didn't get caught committing a crime?

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    2. No. He wasn't arrested in that time.

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    3. Oh, he did. He got caught in 2011. Burglary:

      "State records show that Ortiz was paroled in January 2014 after serving a fraction of a 6-year burglary sentence"

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  9. it's too bad he didn't fall through the ice!

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  10. Great reporting, CWB.

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  11. Many thanks to that citizen - not many thanks to whoever keeps turning this piece of crap free. he has 95 cumulative years of time to serve - and how does he get sentenced for 6 years, four times, and in 2007, he's already back around to being sentenced again?

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  12. I'm glad he was caught. Thank God the witness wasn't hurt or worse. He did all of that and the bad guy is held on $2,000.00. Thank you good neighbor for trying to make a difference.

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