A person with a historical past of violent random assaults within the Loop was charged Tuesday with aggravated arson after allegedly setting hearth to a comfort retailer counter after which throwing a hand sanitizer show into the flames. Prosecutors mentioned the incident began when a retailer clerk requested him to placed on a face masks. No accidents had been reported.
“They’re simply random acts of violence towards random individuals,” Choose Charles Seaside mentioned in summarizing the allegations and the person’s felony historical past.
Round 11:15 a.m. Sunday, the shop clerk requested Edmund Lengthy to cowl his face or step out of the shop till it was correctly lined after he walked into the 7-Eleven at 128 North LaSalle, Assistant State’s Lawyer Jocelyn Schieve mentioned. The shop is positioned immediately throughout the road from Metropolis Corridor.
Lengthy, 43, then allegedly took one thing out of a bag he was carrying, squirted it on the shop’s counter, and set it ablaze. He then picked up a hand sanitizer show and threw it by means of the plexiglass partition, inflicting the fireplace to unfold onto the cashier’s aspect of the counter and the register, in line with Schieve. Retailer surveillance cameras recorded the incident.
A number of clients noticed the occasions unfold, Schieve mentioned, however Lengthy was gone by the point police and firefighters arrived.
About two hours later, the clerk — who had by no means seen Lengthy earlier than — was nonetheless working when he returned and threw an object by means of the shop’s plate-glass window, Schieve mentioned. Lengthy remained on the scene lengthy sufficient for police to take him into custody.
The shop’s supervisor estimated the fee to restore the day’s injury at $5,000.
Schieve mentioned Lengthy accomplished parole in October after serving 4 years for randomly attacking a stranger within the Loop. A superb Samaritan who was carrying a 15-month-old child intervened in that assault and Lengthy beat that grownup within the face and physique, too, in line with Schieve. Each victims reportedly suffered concussions.
In 2013, he obtained two concurrent three-year jail phrases for theft and aggravated battery inflicting nice bodily hurt after he jumped behind the counter of a special 7-Eleven within the Loop and punched the clerk within the face. That sufferer suffered a damaged orbital bone.
And in 2010, he beat the clerk of yet one more Loop comfort retailer and took containers of cigarettes. He pleaded responsible to theft, failed to fulfill the phrases of a probation sentence, and was then given a three-year jail time period.
On Tuesday, prosecutors charged Lengthy with aggravated arson, felony felony injury to property, and easy assault.
Lengthy’s protection lawyer mentioned he may need psychological well being situations that gas his habits.
However Choose Seaside, noting the randomness and violent nature of Lengthy’s felony historical past, ordered him held with out bail.