Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lifelong Felon Steals Beer, Threatens Clerk With Metal Baton, But State Refuses To Charge Him With Robbery

Wayne Jones is accused of threatening a clerk with a metal baton to steal a Coors Light.
A career criminal, sentenced to a combined 67 years in prison since 1983 and currently on parole, allegedly walked into a Boystown convenience store Monday, entered the walk-in cooler, took a Coors Light, and headed for the door.

When a clerk asked him to pay, 55-year-old Wayne Jones pulled out a collapsible baton and threatened him, police said.

Despite the fact that Jones took the beer while threatening the clerk with bodily harm—the very definition of “robbery,”—a Cook County State’s Attorney refused to charge the fourteen-time convicted felon with the crime, police said.

Instead, Jones is being charged with retail theft, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon. A judge set his bail at $100,000.

Jones is currently on parole after serving half of a ten-year sentence for robbing and battering a victim on the street at State and Madison in 2012.

Jones, who lives in the South Side’s Roseland neighborhood, snagged the beer at 4:40 a.m. from the cooler at 7-Eleven, 3726 North Broadway, according to court records. Cops found him enjoying his "taste of the Rockies" nearby and took him into custody.

According to state data, Jones’ previous prison sentences include:
• Four years for aggravated battery of a merchant in 2008
• Three years for retail theft in 2007.
• A concurrent three-year sentence for retail theft in 2007.
• Two years for retail theft in 2006
• Three years for retail theft in 2004
• Eighteen months for retail theft in 2002
• Thirteen years for carjacking in 1995
• Two years for narcotics in 1994
• Five years for aggravated battery in 1987
• A concurrent ten-year term for robbery in 1987
• Five years for burglary in 1983
• A concurrent five-year term for theft in 1983
• Another concurrent five-year term for burglary in 1983
• Yet another concurrent five-year term for burglary in 1983
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28 comments:

  1. sick and sad. i'm raising a family nearby, and thought the whole "societal code" thing was in effect in chicago: break the rules, and you get the punishiment. my 8 year old gets more negative attention for interrupting class than this guy gets for multiple crimes. ugh.

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    1. New to Chicago eh?

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    2. Yep. I used to live nearby, and frequented the pizza shop on the other side of this convenience store with my 9yr old son. The man whose photo appears in the article would often hang around this area. Makes me sick as well to think of the risk of harm I exposed my son to during the time we lived in Chicago......

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  2. Almost sounds like this loser actually WANTS to go back to prison. 3 hots and a cot may be what he wants. Or else he is even more incredibly stupid than a human should be.

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    1. I think you're right. Perhaps he's become "institutionalized" aka Shawshank Redemption. The beer might of been his plan to enjoy one last 'taste' of freedom before he goes back to prison?

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    2. That's exactly what ot is. Besides, he misses his friends there back in da clink. Somehow they have to make it so they never ever want to back there again.

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  3. Didn't know that 14 felonies earn you a pass on #15. Only in Chicago!

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    1. I think they have a punch card so officers know the 15th time is free

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  4. I remember a three strikes and your out policy many years ago, looks like it's 40 or 50 strikes and you're still out on the streets.......

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  5. Apparently we are NOT a nation of laws...

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    1. We are a nation of laws but Chicago prosecutors and judges don't feel the need to enforce them.

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    2. We're a nation of social justice warriors.

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  6. Basically, these violent career criminals can do whatever the fuck they want and are barely punished (if at all).

    No wonder people are fleeing the city. :(

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  7. The problem in Chicago (and IL for that matter) is not that there isn't enough laws, or that the laws are not strong enough. The problem is the State’s Attorney and DAs refuse to actually uphold the laws as written. Then the judges let people off with slaps on the wrists...only for them to just come back a year later for another slap. That is why we can't get ahead as a society when it comes to crime...there is no dissuasion from committing them.

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    1. Blaming States Attorney's and Judges is very popular here. But it is only half of the equation. Why not look into how Chicago Police and especially the detectives are doing their reports???

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    2. Blaming States Attorney's and Judges is very popular here. But it is only half of the equation. Why not look into how Chicago Police and especially the detectives are doing their reports???
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      It's popular because it's the right place to focus attention. The SA's office has been very public about its desire to downgrade charges, not enforce state law, and set everyone free on bond. Judges' actions speak for themselves.

      Nope. We won't fall for your diversion tactic. We'd say "nice try," but it wasn't.

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    3. Not accurate. There are plenty of laws in this state.

      The SAO goes out of its way in Cook County to take a plea so they don't have to go to court. Judges don't apply the state minimum sentences consistently.

      But the States Attorney Foxx and the Cook County judges scream for accountability. COPA promises to increase discipline of police by 8 - 10% even before they catch their first compliant.

      This City is getting the government and police department they voted for.

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  8. Aren't Rahm and Eddie forcing the police officers to report the crimes as less serious crimes, so it looks like crime is down?

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    1. I can't say that it's those people specifically, but you're right, crimes are being intentionally misclassified in order to make the statistics look "better". Just like how the CTA got caught not counting crimes that occurred on the public transit system, but outside of the city's borders. This has been happening for years, Chicago Magazine has done a couple of stories about it. Do a search for "chicago mag new tricks".
      http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2015/Chicago-crime-stats/

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  9. Tunneys sucks and is a 200% LIE!!!!!!

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  10. Well we've elected a " prosecutor" who ran on cutting criminals slack. We've got a police department who's publicly stated policy is to not give chase. We've got a sheriff knocking down whole jailhouse buildings and telling the press that bails should be set to what criminals can afford so that he can set them free. Stupid policies =stupid results. Don't be late paying your property tax bill!

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    1. Very well put! You win my post of the week award.

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  11. Well if you look at it, looks like they dropped the case of him stealing the beer, to charge him with the more serious crimes

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    1. Shoplifting is not more serious than robbery.

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  12. Forward this to Amazon.

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  13. I worked in this area a a new police officer 40 years ago. Except for the narrow strip along Lake Shore Drive the area was a terrible place to live and raise a family. Then came gentrification. You may not realize it but a lot of police officers were the first to start buying the properties and start the process of rehabbing the area. Extreme vetting of the new tenants was accomplished and the new people moving into the area was a very diverse group of decent people who turned the neighborhood blight around and made it a decent place to live again. After the developers realized that tons money could be made the rehabbing really took off. But may of you citizens just can't comment without bashing the people that helped to turn the situation around and provided the protection you needed to make this happen. Use your brain, a little common sense and appreciation for their work would go a long way. Don't let a few thugs or the politicians scare you into thinking there is no hope. Many people were involved in making this a great community again. Please don't forget that the police officers helped in many ways and had your backs when you were making this a good and decent place to live again.

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  14. The math says if he had actually served the 67 years he had been sentenced to starting in 1983, he'd be a guest of the state until 2050. Seeing as how he's out among the public, he's no where near a prison. And Kimmy still won't charge him.

    So who are the only ones expected to follow the law any more?

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  15. Kim Foxx won in a landslide because of stupid voters who bought her and Preckwinkle’s lies and nonsense. She won by a large margin in Lakeview as well. Kim Foxx acts more like a public defender than a prosecutor. I say that Lakeview should shut up and accept this BS. They voted for Foxx. Now live with the consequences. Fools!

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