Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seven-time convicted felon charged with pulling gun on Uber driver

Percy Hicks was arrested near the Clark/Division Red Line station. | CPD; Google
He’s 37. He has “Conservative Vice Lord” tattooed to his arm. He pleaded guilty to shooting a man in 1997. And he’s been sentenced to a combined 40 years in prison over the past 21 years. Yet, somehow, prosecutors say he was on the streets of Chicago, pulling a gun on an Uber driver near Rush & Division early Monday. His name is Percy Hicks.

Police said the Uber driver had just dropped off a passenger and was sitting inside his car in the 100 block of West Elm around 2 a.m. when Hicks rode up on a bike while pointing a handgun at him. Hicks’ motive is not clear as he then pedaled away from the scene, police said. The Uber driver called 911.

Cops caught up with Hicks in the 100 block of West Division and took him into custody. He was carrying a handgun and the Uber driver identified him as the man who threatened him minutes earlier, police said.

Hicks is charged with felony armed habitual criminal and misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was ordered held without bail.

State records show that Hicks was paroled on February 28th after serving slightly less than half of an eight-year narcotics sentence that he received in July 2014. It was just the latest in a string of felony convictions that have seen Hicks receive prison time totaling 40 years since 1997. His previous terms include:
• One year for narcotics in 2013
• Four years for manufacture-delivery of cannabis in 2010
• Six years for attempted armed robbery in 2004
• Twelve years for armed robbery in 2003
• Three years for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2002
• Six years for aggravated battery with a firearm in 1997
Like nearly all persons sentenced to serve time in Illinois, Hicks has won 50% sentencing discounts for good behavior each time he reported to prison. If he is convicted of the new "armed habitual criminal" charge, he will be required to serve 85% of the sentence.

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