Sunday, August 05, 2018

Cops: Man wanted for shooting at Garfield Red Line station is arrested in Loop

Vincent Smith was arrested at the Roosevelt station last Sunday, but his big problem stems from the Garfield station in June. | Chicago Police Department; Wikicommons
Vincent Smith, arrested last Sunday after allegedly punching a 62-year-old man in the nose at the Roosevelt Red Line station, has a much bigger problem on his hands: Prosecutors have now charged him with shooting a 23-year-old three times at the Garfield Red Line station in June.

Smith, 40, was arrested at the Roosevelt stop around 2 p.m. on July 29th after a senior citizen reported that Smith had punched him in the chest and face, causing his nose to bleed.

At the police station, Smith told arresting officers that his real name was “Jerome Smith,” but cops couldn’t find a match for that name in their database. Before long, they figured out Vincent Smith’s real name.

That’s when they learned that he was wanted by detectives in connection with the June 11th shooting at the Garfield CTA station, 220 West Garfield.

Prosecutors said Smith shot a 23-year-old in the chest, arm, and shoulder during an argument on the station platform.

Smith is charged with Class X felony aggravated battery by firearm; misdemeanor battery; and misdemeanor obstruction of identification. A judge ordered Smith held without bail.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has also filed a petition to revoke Smith’s probation. According to state records, he was paroled last October after serving about three months of a two-year sentence for escape from electronic monitoring. His previous prison terms include eighteen months for shoplifting in 2014; two years for aggravated battery of a peace officer or fireman in 2004; and four separate narcotics convictions dating back to 1996.

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