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Criminal justice reform in Illinois has ensured that most violent criminals are back out on the street after an arrest with little or no bail. The worst of the arrestees get unbelieveably stringent requirement of being saddled with “electronic home monitoring” which is supposed to keep them where they can’t victimize others.

That sounds good, except for one thing…thanks to Illinois’ new “bail reform” bill, there’s no criminal penalty for leaving home while you’re being monitored. In fact, a criminal on house arrest can leave and do God knows what. As long as they’re back within 48 hours, there’s no criminal penalty.

Peter Andrews. Courtesy CPD

Meet Peter Andrews. After arrests for two arrests for a couple of armed robberies and a third for being a felon in possession of a firearm, he was cut loose from the county jail — again. This time, though, he was saddled with electronic home monitoring.

Mr. Andrews didn’t stay at home. In fact, police say he’s been a busy boy. Police have tied him to a Halloween armed carjacking, thanks in part to the car’s GPS anti-theft system along with the GPS on Andrews’ ankle monitor.

CWB Chicago has the story:

A Chicago man who is awaiting trial for two armed robberies and a separate felony gun case left his home while on electronic monitoring to carjack a woman at gunpoint on Halloween, prosecutors said Tuesday.

But, because the man was not away from his home for more than 48 hours, he cannot be charged with escaping electronic monitoring under Illinois’ new criminal justice reform law.

There’s more . . .

In 2017, Peter Andrews and another man pulled out handguns and robbed a group of landscapers of jewelry, watches, and cash in Calumet City, according to prosecutors and court records.

That same day, he flagged down a bicyclist in Calumet City and pulled the victim from his bike, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said as he recounted details of Andrews’ pending cases Tuesday.

Andrews, 23, put the bicyclist in a chokehold and went through the victim’s pockets while his accomplice held a gun to the man’s head, Kalliantasis said. They allegedly got away with $20.

Warrants were issued for his arrest in both cases on August 18, 2017.

The long arm of the law caught up with Andrews two years later when Chicago police allegedly caught him carrying a gun on a South Side street. Prosecutors charged him with felony unlawful use of a weapon and the two 2017 robberies the next day. He later posted bond and went home on electronic monitoring.

He was still on electronic monitoring when he allegedly left his home and carjacked a 51-year-old North Carolina woman in the South Shore neighborhood on Halloween afternoon.

Is it any mystery why year-over-year carjackings in the first part of December were up over 400%?

But rest easy. Chicago’s hapless Mayor Lori Lightfoot is on it. She’s tackling the crime problem that infests her city by producing videos and wearing costumes for the local media. Chicagoans are sure to see things improve starting any day now.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. This sh!t defies belief!! Might as well buy tee shirts for all the normal folks with bullseyes printed on em!

  2. You can’t make this shit up. Illinois is truly in a race for the bottom of the barrel with CA and NY offering the only serious competition.

    I guess that Mr. Andrews is going to be placed on double secret probation with an additional monitoring device to confirm any subsequent readings of the original device. Can’t be having his “rights” curtailed and all that shyte.

  3. I’ll have to admit, I’m no criminal mastermind, but I would have never thought of targeting landscapers to rob them of their jewelry.

  4. This is what Libertarians, Liberals and the Left have been asking for, for decades now. And they got their wish.

    And society suffers because of it.

    • Chris T in KY,

      I am as critical/skeptical as anyone–even with respect to Libertarians. While I agree with your many characterizations that Libertarians want all drug use to be legal, I have not come across any Libertarians who want armed robberies (which includes car-jacking) to be legal. Similarly, I am not aware of Libertarians who advocate that armed robbers should be free to roam among us after their legitimate arrest for armed robbery.

      Where I would potentially disagree with Libertarians is how much risk an activity can present to the populace before that activity becomes illegal. For example, under the strictest interpretation of Libertarianism, I can blindly shoot a rifle in a random direction and that should legal as long as the bullet did not harm anyone nor damage anyone’s possessions. I personally do not agree that activity should be legal. Sadly, it gets really ugly “at the margins” where people disagree as to whether an activity presents too much risk to the populace.

  5. I think the monitoring devices need to have explosive charges installed in them. A range of 75 feet, past that and you trigger the device. Also add a motion sensor anything past a fast walk and you trigger the device. And might as well throw in a hair sampling instrument, everyday you have to stick a pube in a hole and if it comes up hot for drugs or alcohol, you trigger the device.

  6. It’s a pity that individuals like this are free to roam the earth to do as they please while the rest of us pay the price. That said, I’m fairly certain that Mr. Andrews with be taking the room temperature sometime in in his career. His life choices will almost certainly come back to haunt him.

    Karma’s a bitch.

    • “That said, I’m fairly certain that Mr. Andrews with be taking the room temperature sometime in in his career.”

      Yeah, but who’s he gonna take with him on the way out, is what concerns me…

    • Oh, but before then he’ll be in the “process” of getting his life back together…a la George Floyd…people will mourn the loss of a young black man, father of who knows how many. Who had moved away from his hometown to start over. He hadn’t been caught yet, and therefore not in trouble in such a long time…blah, blah, blah. You know how it goes…

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