50th Person Arrested for Shootings In Chicago This Year While Out on Felony Bond

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Edmond Harris is number 50 in Chicago. He is the 50th person to be arrested this year in the Windy City for allegedly murdering, attempting to murder, or shooting someone while out on felony bond.

It was reported by CWB Chicago that Harris was arrested on February 12th just after he allegedly crashed a hijacked SUV in the Lawndale area. As crazy as it seems, Harris was not charged with any crime connected to the carjacking or crash. He was, instead, charged with failure to register as a sex offender in an unrelated matter.

Failing to register is a felony, but Edmond Harris was released a couple of days after he posted a $1,000 deposit for his felony bond.

CWB Chicago reported that Harris was a member of an extremely active and violent armed robbery and carjacking team that was creating chaos throughout the city and suburbs for the last number of weeks. According to federal prosecutors in the case, just five weeks after he posted that $1,000 bail bond, he killed an Uber driver in what was identified as another carjacking.

The crew committing armed robberies with Harris allegedly killed a 31-year-old Lyft driver on January 20th. They pulled up next to him while he waited for a passenger, carjacked the Lyft driver at gunpoint and drove a couple of blocks away, and robbed another man walking down the street.

One day after the attacks, the Chicago police posted a community alert that connected the carjackers to other crimes which included shootings and armed robberies throughout the inner city and suburbs.

The police witnessed a 2013 Ford Escape on February 12th that had been featured in one of the flyers distributed among police officers in Chicago. The SUV was, apparently, connected to carjacking and other violent crimes. Officers began to follow the vehicle and that’s when Edmond Harris, the driver, lost control of the car and crashed. Officers found surgical gloves and a ski mask in the vehicle.

Harris did not get reported for any crime related to the stolen vehicle that day and he was released in mid-February.

Then, on March 23rd, Javier Ramos, a 43-year-old Uber driver, was dropping off a passenger when he was shot in the head and killed. His Lexus GS was stolen and taken from the place he was parked just three blocks from where Harris had been arrested five weeks before after crashing the carjacked vehicle.

The gruesome murder was also just 500 feet from Harris’ home, according to CWB Chicago.

Harris was charged in June for the murder of Javier Ramos. And in late October, he was also finally charged with the carjacking that occurred back in January.

The city of Chicago is currently trying to deal with a police officer shortage. According to The Daily Wire, they are having a hard time hiring officers in their dangerous city, which is in chaos, due to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate.

The Chicago Police Department announced on Saturday that officers will be restricted from taking “elective time off” until further notice. There was no official reason given for that decision sent by memo to officers. But now, the whole department must not only deal with a skyrocketing rate of violence but also a showdown between officers and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the city’s vaccine mandate.

“A memo issued Saturday said elective time off for officers will be restricted, and will require the approval of a supervisor with a rank of deputy chief of higher within the officer’s chain of command,” CBS Chicago reported over the weekend. “A statement to be read at officer roll calls did not specify the reason for the restriction. But it comes amid a standoff between City Hall and the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police over the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.”

Perhaps if they would stop letting criminals on the streets, officers could get a break here and there…