Thursday, May 03, 2018

Captured: Fugitive Who Threatened Boystown Bar Found In Uptown Apartment

Shane Sleeper was arrested on the fourth floor of this Uptown apartment building, according to a source.
UPDATE 5:10 p.m. — The injuries to Sleeper's legs were minor, self-inflicted knife wounds, according to a Sheriff's Office source.
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Shane Sleeper, jailed for allegedly threatening a mass shooting in a Boystown bar and then mistakenly released from jail on Tuesday, is back in custody. Cook County Sheriff’s Office Chief Policy Officer Cara Smith said Sleeper was apprehended around 12:30 p.m. “on the North Side without incident by our fugitive apprehension team.”

CWBChicago has learned further details from police, sheriff, and other sources.

Sleeper was taken into custody on the fourth floor of an apartment building at 4814 North Clark. According to a source who was on the scene, Sleeper was in a friend’s apartment when authorities breached the door just after noontime and took him into custody. Sleeper had cuts on his legs, but he was not seriously injured. The origin of the cuts was not known. Nor did the source reveal how authorities knew where Sleeper was hiding.

During a request for lower bail in March, Sleeper told Judge Anthony Calabrese that he had a friend in Andersonville who had offered him shelter. His bail request was denied. Andersonville is about two blocks from the apartment where Sleeper was arrested.

Police and sheriff’s officers were seen placing Sleeper into an ambulance after his arrest.

Sleeper was ordered held without bond on terrorism and hate crime charges Tuesday for allegedly threatening to kill the manager of Sidetrack, a popular gay bar at 3349 North Halsted in Boystown. In court, prosecutors said Sleeper threatened a mass shooting at Sidetrack, promising that "Orlando will come to Chicago,” a reference to the Pulse Nightclub shooting that killed 49 people in June 2016.

Prosecutors also accuse Sleeper of threatening employees of a bar promotion company and other individuals in a total of ten separate cases.

But he was mistakenly released after court in a snafu that the sheriff’s office has blamed on court clerk paperwork and prosecutors. Prosecutors have pointed their finger at the sheriff’s office since it is responsible for maintaining custody of prisoners.

Sheriff's officers today were joined by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Chicago Police Fugitive Unit in the search for Sleeper, according to police.

CWBChicago has been following the Sleeper story since his first arrests in February. See our previous coverage for further details:

• Man Accused Of Threatening Boystown Massacre Is Accidentally Freed; How Did It Happen? (May 3, 2018)

• BREAKING: Man Accused Of Threatening Mass Shooting In Boystown Is Accidentally Released From Jail (May 2, 2018)

• NEW: Terrorism, Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Man Accused Of Threatening Mass Murder At Boystown Bar (May 2, 2018)

• Prosecutors: Man Threatened Mass Shooting In Boystown — "Orlando Will Come To Chicago" (March 1, 2018)

• $300K Bail For Man Accused Of Threatening Boystown Bars (February 24, 2018)

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