Thursday, May 9, 2019

14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Attempted First-Degree Murder In Argyle Platform Shootings (Update: Released By Judge With No Supervision!)

NOTE: Because the accused is a minor, he has rights that adults accused of crimes do not. He cannot be mentioned by name. We do not have the right to print his criminal record, or officially know anything about him except that he is a minor. Tread carefully in the comments.

Update: Unbelievably, on Friday Judge Linda Pauel at juvenile court released the suspect with no supervision, no electronic monitoring, nothing. As far as we know, charges are still pending, but the boy will not be held in custody or monitored in any way until his next hearing.

The cops did exemplary work in finding him and charging him. The judicial system... wow. Mind blown. Unbelievable.

From CBS Chicago:

"After a court appearance Friday the 14-year-old boy, charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery, was released by a judge with no supervision.

A judge made that decision over the objections of prosecutors.

“At today’s detention hearing, we requested the minor be held in custody,” the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “The court made the finding that under the law the minor must be released because he was held in custody for 42 hours …  and not brought before a judicial officer within 24 hours.”

The state’s attorney asked for electronic monitoring for the suspect, but it was denied."

According to the Sun-Times, the suspect's next court day is on Monday, May 13th.

Update: According to CBS Chicago, the State's Attorney's Office is blaming the police for procedural errors that resulting in him being released. The police are disputing the State's Attorney's version of what happened and saying that they got the alleged shooter before a judge in plenty of time. The judge will not discuss the case due to the boy's juvenile status.

Original Story, printed 5/9/19, 11:32pm:

Fourteen years old.

Fourteen years old.

That's the age of the suspect is who is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of two men on the Argyle Red Line station platform on Monday.

He is charged with One Felony Count of Attempted First Degree Murder and One Felony Count of Aggravated Battery/Discharge of a Firearm.

According to a release from the CPD:

"A 14-year-old male juvenile was placed in custody on May 8, 2019 at approximately 5:00 p.m. on the 3100 block of W. Monroe St. The juvenile offender was identified as the individual who fired several shots, striking a 44-year-old male and a 34-year-old male on the CTA Red Line platform on May 6, 2019 at 4:01 p.m. in the 1000 block of W. Argyle.

The juvenile offender was arrested and charged accordingly. No further information is available at this time."

He will face a judge on Friday, May 10th, in Juvenile Court at 1100 S. Hamilton.


  1. I feel like so many of these types of incidents go unsolved, largely because of who the intended targets are. Cheers to CTA and law enforcement for making the effort to saturate public transportation with HD surveillance. There would be no charges without it, and maybe it will eventually become a deterrent as intended even though the consequence is that all of us are being monitored all the time. Lastly, it is tragic in itself that juveniles are often recruited as the perpetrators in gang activity like this where their identities are shielded and sentences are proportionally smaller. He'll probably be in an out of the 'system' for the rest of what might turn out to be a short life.

    1. CBS reported that the mother never came to get her son and he stayed in juvenile over the weekend. She was afraid if she took him home, she and he would be targeted. She may be right. The kid may have to run for his life after missing his target.

  2. Obviously, the gang who appointed this assassin did so to avail him of the laws affecting juveniles. He is being groomed as a hit man and will probably kill again in Uptown since he is loose in the community with no electronic monitoring. He is certainly celebrating his success with his employers right now, and hoisting a glass to the judge who released him. Judge Linda Pauel's term as an associate judge expires on June 30. Perhaps our Alderman should publicly express his opinion to the the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court that she not be re-appointed as an associate judge.

  3. Since no one died, he's not an assassin, although that may have been his intention. You're making a lot of suppositions here.

    As far as bringing the alderman into it, do I really have to remind you about Schoolhouse Rock? Three separate and co-equal branches of government, my friend. Alderman is legislative, Circuit Court is judicial.

    If you would like to contact Ald. Osterman and suggest he make such a recommendation about appointments in the judicial branch, his email is