Police: Teen went on crime spree that included stealing judge’s car, bragging about robberies

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CHICAGO, IL — An 18-year-old went on an intense crime spree, including armed robbery, ramming police cars, grand theft auto, and stealing a vehicle that belongs to a Judge. 

Police and Cook County prosecutors reported that two Fridays ago on March 26th, Antonio Butler orchestrated eight crimes in a 12 hour period. It is reported that before the night was over, Butler had stolen four cars

Butler is currently being held without bail, but in the meantime, CBS 2 news examined the course of the night, and outlined Butlers movements from robbery to robbery. 

Below is the progression of Butlers night:

  • The case started at 11 p.m. the night prior. Police said Butler stole a 2011 Audi. In the hours that followed, he committed an armed robbery at 3726 W. 16th St. in Lawndale at 4:05 a.m.
  • Ninety minutes later, detectives said he stole from a car at 823 N. Western Ave. in West Town, and also an hour later from a car at 2401 W. Ogden Ave. on the Near West Side.
  • Twenty minutes later, he would enter a car and put a gun to the head of a victim at this ATM – taking money and their car. That was at 2215 S. Leavitt St. in Heart of Chicago.
  • Thirty minutes later, prosecutors said he committed an armed robbery – taking more money and a cell phone on at 4757 S. Marshfield Ave. in Back of the Yards. Ninety minutes after that, they said he took another car from a laundromat at 4328 S. Wood St., also in Back of the Yards.
  • Two and a half hours later, he is accused of using that car in committing what police said was his last crime of the day – an armed robbery where the victim got away at 801 N. Cicero Ave. in West Humboldt Park.

Following this wild night, Butler reportedly laid low for about 24 hours until authorities attempted to apprehend him, and he chose not to comply willingly. Police said that in an effort to escape authorities, Butler rammed into two police cars, and then took to Facebook Live to boast about the way he was able to get himself out of that jam. 

Butler then made his way to 35th Street and Ashland Avenue, where he reportedly stole the car of a Cook County judge.

Last Friday, April 2nd, Butlers crime spree came to an end, when he was arrested after a car he was the passenger in rammed into police cars in an unsuccessful attempt to flee authorities again. 

The driver of that vehicle is 23-year-old Jovantay Jerome Kindred.

CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller said:

“You can bet that this will get special attention at the 26th and California from the judge that’s sitting there when they find out one victims is a sitting judge,” 

He went on to say:

“They do protect their own.”

This is not the first run in with the law for Butler. According to his rap sheet, he was first arrested at 12-years-old, and stole his first car at 15. 

His next court date is this Friday. Butler is facing vehicular hijacking and armed robbery charges. Kindred is facing damage to public property charges, among others.

Teenage girls who murdered Uber Eats driver during carjacking reportedly getting plea deal

April 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The 13-year-old and 15-year-old girls who murdered an Uber Eats driver during a carjacking in D.C. are reportedly getting a plea deal.

According to reports, the Washington Post, which sat-in on the virtual hearing for the two juveniles on Wednesday, March 31st, said that the prosecutor had told the judge they were expecting to give attorneys plea bargain offers in the coming days. 

The victim, 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar of Springfield, Virginia, was driving for Uber Eats when the girls attempted to steal his car and tased him. The horrific scene was caught on camera by a witness.

Many people believe the girls should be charged as adults, but the prosecutor plans to offer the girls a plea bargain instead. D.C. Criminal Defense Attorney Nikki Lotze, with Lotze and Mosley, LLP, explained more about the circumstances around juvenile cases.

In explaining that District laws around juveniles are very different and operate under the presumption that a juvenile can be rehabilitated in ways the adult system may not be set up to support.

She added:

“In all kinds of way in D.C. at least, juveniles are treated differently.”

Reportedly, D.C. law prohibits a 13-year-old from being tried as an adult. At 15-years-0ld, the D.C. Attorney General’s Office could petition for a case to be transferred to the adult court system. Court sources told FOX 5 that that usually happens during the first hearing.

However, the Post reported that there was no indication that the prosecutor was planning to do so following the second hearing. Lotze said:

“How old that juvenile is, whether they’ve been juvenilely adjudicated previously. Whether they’ve, whether there’s a gun used in this case. In this case there’s no firearm, it was a stun gun.”

She added:

“So, there’s lots of determinations. There’s lots of factors to be considered for the Attorney General and then the judge to make the decision that a person is better charged as an adult than a juvenile.”

The teen’s have reportedly pled the juvenile version of “not guilty.” Lotze stated:

“If you were to reach a plea agreement, then the juvenile would admit involvement.”

Lotze added that the agreement could include:

“Potentially being a youth shelter involvement, which is similar to jail, but for juveniles. Or could involve being on home detention or being on probation.”

A witness told NBC Washington that she could not believe what she was seeing at first. D.C. resident Pamela Johnson said:

“I saw all the police cars first. Then I saw the car and I thought, ‘This must be a movie scene or something.’”

D.C. Police Commander Ramey Kyle told FOX 5 that they are also investigating one of the suspect’s involvement in another carjacking that happened in January. In a Zoom interview, the Commander said that an arrest has been made.

FOX 5 confirmed through sources that this involved the younger suspect, who may have been involved in more than one previous crime. Both girls’ names have been withheld due to their ages.

GoFundMe page has been set up for Anwar’s family. So far, over $1 million has been raised. The page read, in part:

“Anwar was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one. He leaves behind a family, near and far, who cherish, love and miss him dearly.”

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