Prosecutors: Weed vendor was shot by his personal gun throughout Loop theft try


Fred Clarke (inset) and the approximate location of the incident. | CPD; Google

A pot vendor who’s on parole for carjacking, theft, and housebreaking is accused of making an attempt to rob one among his clients of $100,000 inside a Loop apartment building Thursday afternoon. As if that’s not dangerous sufficient, he wound up getting shot by his personal gun.

Prosecutors stated a 28-year-old lady and 4 associates have been at her high-rise condominium within the 1000 block of South State when Fred Clarke, 28, and one other lady stopped by to promote some weed round 1:45 p.m.

After making gross sales to 3 individuals within the condominium, Clarke pulled a gun out of his hoodie pocket and pointed it on the lady who lives there whereas demanding that she give him $100,000, in keeping with prosecutors.

The lady reportedly started wrestling with Clarke to regulate the gun as her associates ran out of the condominium to get assist. Clarke dragged the lady into her bed room, the place he hit her repeatedly whereas he held onto the gun and demanded cash, prosecutors stated.

Through the battle, Clarke’s gun reportedly fired, hanging him in his left ring finger. He instantly ran from the constructing, prosecutors stated, however police discovered him at his Close to South Facet house a short while later.

Cops summoned an ambulance for Clarke, who was handled and launched by medical doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Prosecutors charged Clarke with tried theft, aggravated illegal restraint, and possession of 100 to 500 grams of hashish. Choose Susana Ortiz set bail at $150,000 and ordered Clarke to go onto digital monitoring if he can submit a 10% deposit bond.

However earlier than he can do this, he’ll want to speak with the state parole board. They ordered him held whereas they contemplate sending Clarke again to jail for violating the phrases of his parole.

State data present he acquired a 15-year sentence for carjacking in 2011. He was sentenced to concurrent 7-year phrases for housebreaking and theft on the similar time. However, in keeping with the Illinois Division of Corrections, Clarke acquired out of jail on December 2 of final yr after spending eight years, 7 months behind bars.

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