Carlos Johnson | Homicide Watch Chicago news about Carlos Johnsonen-usTue, 16 Dec 2014 18:17:33 -0600UPDATE: Three more charged with murder in Englewood shooting death of 15-year-old Demario Bailey<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>BY SUN-TIMES STAFF</p> <p>Demacio and <a href="">Demario Bailey</a> were supposed to be celebrating their 16th birthday on Tuesday. Instead, two other brothers stood before a judge, accused of being part of a robbery spree that left Demario dead under an Englewood viaduct.</p> <p>Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said brothers <a href="">Tarik</a> and <a href="">Deafro Brakes</a>, along with <a href="">Isiah Penn</a> and <a href="">Carlos Johnson</a>, went to the viaduct in the 0-100 block of West 63rd Street Saturday afternoon with a “preconceived plan” to rob people at gunpoint.</p> <p>After the group robbed a 17-year-old boy and 33-year-old man they moved on to the Bailey brothers, who were walking through the viaduct on their way to Johnson College Prep, where Demacio had basketball practice.</p> <p>After confronting the Bailey brothers, “the offenders, while brandishing a loaded handgun, began to rifle through the victim’s pockets as they said, ‘Give it up,’” Santini had said.</p> <p>When the Bailey brothers resisted, one of the robbers shot Demario. Relatives said Demario was fatally shot in the chest when he wouldn’t hand over the winter coat his mother had recently bought him.<br /> <span id="more-9380"></span><br /> Demacio ran after hearing the gunshot, Santini said.</p> <p>“After reaching the end of the viaduct, the 15-year-old victim realized that his brother wasn’t with him and immediately returned to the viaduct,” Santini said. “He found his twin brother lying face up mortally wounded from a gunshot to the upper chest.”</p> <p>Santini said “the last person seen with the gun was Tarik Brakes,” but he did not identify any of the suspects as the shooter.</p> <p>A relative of Tarik Brakes’ shrieked when prosecutors said he was the last person seen with the gun.</p> <p>Prosecutors say CTA and other surveillance cameras show Johnson and the other alleged robbers entering the viaduct just before the murder and leaving it shortly after.</p> <p>Judge James Brown ordered the Brakes brothers held without bond as their parents watched from the courtroom. Isiah Penn, who is on parole for a 2014 juvenile robbery charge, was held on $2 million bond.</p> <p>Johnson, 17, had been ordered held without bond on Monday.</p> <p>Prosecutors claimed Penn made incriminating statements to police that implicating himself and his co-defendants.</p> <p>William Wolf, public defender representing Penn, questioned the evidence produced during the hearing and noted the state did not release documents related to statements Penn allegedly made to police, a requirement when seeking a no bail statute.</p> <p>“You didn’t see any witnesses. You didn’t see any videotape. What evidence did you hear? You heard a lawyer talking,” Wolf said. “We asked to see some of it, and they said no. And they would rather have our client have bail then us seeing the evidence. That’s something we have to question.</p> <p>“They chose that they didn’t want us to see those materials because that might affect their ability to go forward in a hearing. It looks like they are trying to keep their tools that they have at their disposal close to the vest.”</p> <p>Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the public defender was not given Penn’s statements in order “to move forward” with Tuesday’s bond hearing.</p> <p>“They were asking for discovery that we were not in the position to give at this point,” Alvarez said. “It will come later. It’s a process of reports.”</p> <p>Alvarez called Demario’s murder tragic and painful, but said it strengthens her argument that juveniles ages 15 to 17 who are charged in the most serious crimes -- murder, armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm, and unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds -- should be tried as adults.</p> <p>“This cold blooded and heinous murder of Demario Bailey by four 16 and 17-year-olds screams out for serious laws for juvenile offenders with existing criminal histories, who are out on our streets terrorizing innocent children, and other citizens,” Alvarez said.</p> <p>She noted if the teens were tried in the juvenile system they would have only received four to five years in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.</p> <p>“My view is that is by no means an appropriate measure of justice for a young promising life, a young main raised by a very devoted mother, a grandmother, a twin brother, a Chicago working class family that deserved to be kept safe from this insane street violence,” Alvarez said. “This case is truly tragic and it’s disheartening. It serves as a sobering reminder that we have to do much better.”</p> <p><img src="" alt="Demario Bailey / Sumbitted photo" width="100%" height="auto" class="size-large wp-image-9343" /><br /> Demario Bailey / Submitted photo</p> <p>Tarik Brakes, 16, is a student at Englewood High School and Deafro Brakes, 17, is a student at McKinley, according to their public defenders. Penn, 17, lives with his mother, sister and brother, his lawyer said.</p> <p>Demario, an honor roll student at Johnson College Prep, dreamed of attending college and becoming an attorney or a police officer, according to close friend Charles Kirk.</p> <p>On Tuesday, teachers and classmates at Johnson Prep planned to throw a 16th birthday celebration for the brothers this afternoon at the Englewood school.</p> <p>Demario and his twin, Demacio, had hoped to celebrate at Dave &#038; Busters, a Near North Side video arcade and restaurant, family members said.</p> <p>Demacio played in a school basketball game Monday night to honor his brother, who was his biggest fan. Before the game, players observed a moment of silence to honor Demario, who was on the pep squad and banged a drum at games to amp up the crowd.</p> <p>Demario would regularly accompany his brother to basketball practice, even though he was not on the team. The brothers were walking from a bus stop to one of those practices at Johnson Prep when Demario was killed.</p> <p>Demacio scored four points Monday night during the 64-41 loss to Leyden High.</p> <p>Following the game, the twins’ mother, Delores Bailey, made a passionate plea to end senseless violence.</p> <p>“We need to stick together. Mothers get up and let’s live for our kids,” said Delores Bailey with tears streaming down her cheeks. “We don’t want to let them out because we scared because we know a day like this is coming.”</p> <p>To avoid Demario’s fate, she called on parents to organize car pools for their kids.</p> <p>“Let’s get [our kids] to where they need to be,” Delores Bailey said. “If you all don’t do it, I’m going to do it myself. I promise you, if I have to put them in my car … and drop them off and pick them up.”</p> <p>“I don’t want nobody else — no other mother — to feel this,” she said as she left the gym.</p> <p>The team had come out of the locker room alongside the boys’ family. With Demacio in the lead, the players lined up single-file and marched to their bus chanting, “We will live, not die.”</p> Michael LansuTue, 16 Dec 2014 18:17:33 -0600 BaileyDeafro BrakesTarik BrakesCarlos JohnsonIsiah PennUPDATE: Carlos Johnson involved in robbery spree before murder of Demario Bailey, prosecutors said<img src="" alt="Demario Bailey / Sumbitted photo" width="300" height="168" class="size-medium wp-image-9343" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Demario Bailey / Sumbitted photo</p> <p>BY STEFANO ESPOSITO<br /> Chicago Sun-Times</p> <p>A 17-year-old boy was ordered held without bond Monday after he was charged with killing a 15-year-old over his jacket in front of his twin brother.</p> <p>Three other teens were charged with murder Monday evening and are expected to appear in court Tuesday for a bond hearing.</p> <p>Cook County Criminal Court Judge James Brown ruled that <a href="">Carlos Johnson</a>, 17, be held without bail in the murder of 15-year-old <a href="">Demario Bailey</a> in front of his twin brother, Demacio, after a brief hearing at the George Leighton Criminal Courts Building.<br /> <span id="more-9364"></span><br /> Prosecutors said at the bond hearing Monday for Johnson that they do not believe at this time that he pulled the trigger in the shooting.</p> <p>The other three teens -- <a href="">Deafro Brakes</a> and <a href="">Isiah Penn</a>, both 17, and <a href="">Tarik Brakes</a>, 16, each charged as adults in the murder -- are expected to have bond hearings Tuesday.</p> <p>As prosecutors outlined the case against Johnson, his mother and grandmother stood in the front row of the gallery but left afterward without talking to reporters.</p> <p>Prosecutors say Johnson was involved in two armed robberies just minutes before the robbery that led to the murder of Bailey Saturday afternoon. Both of the earlier robberies occurred in a viaduct in at 150 W. 63rd St., Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said in court.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p>In one of the earlier robberies, Johnson and another alleged thief stole a cell phone from a 17-year-old youth, Santini said. In the other robbery, a group of four to five people stole a cell phone, some cash and some earrings from a 33-year-old victim, Santini said.</p> <p>After those robberies, Johnson and several others headed east into a viaduct at 20 W. 63rd St., Santini said. Demario and Demacio were also in the viaduct, heading to basketball practice at their school, Johnson College Prep.</p> <p>“The offenders, while brandishing a loaded handgun, began to rifle through the victim’s pockets as they said, ‘Give it up,'” Santini said.</p> <p>The Bailey brothers resisted Johnson and the other alleged robbers, and “a brief struggle ensued,” Santini said. “One of the offenders fired the loaded handgun at Demario Bailey, striking him in the chest just above his heart.”</p> <p>Demacio ran after hearing the gunshot, Santini said.</p> <p>“After reaching the end of the viaduct, the 15-year-old victim realized that his brother wasn’t with him and immediately returned to the viaduct,” Santini said. “He found his twin brother lying face up mortally wounded from a gunshot to the upper chest.”</p> <p>At one point during Monday’s hearing, Judge Brown asked Santini if Johnson was the actual shooter.</p> <p>“At this time, no,” Santini said.</p> <p>And in arguing for bail, Johnson’s attorney, Mike Clancy, said prosecutors have no evidence that Johnson wielded a gun during any of the robberies.</p> <p>“He was not the shooter in this case,” Clancy said.</p> <p>Santini listed Johnson’s criminal history, all juvenile matters, including 2014 convictions for criminal trespass, possession of cannabis and theft. He’s also currently on probation for an unlawful use of a weapon conviction stemming from a 2013 charge, prosecutors say.</p> <p>Prosecutors say CTA and other surveillance cameras show Johnson and the other alleged robbers entering the viaduct just before the murder and leaving it shortly after.</p> Michael LansuMon, 15 Dec 2014 14:56:00 -0600 BaileyDeafro BrakesTarik BrakesCarlos JohnsonIsiah PennUPDATE: Carlos Johnson charged with murder in Englewood shooting death of Demario Bailey<p><span class='embed-youtube' style='text-align:center; display: block;'><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='500' height='312' src=';rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='true'></iframe></span></p> <p>BY MITCH DUDEK AND JON SEIDEL<br /> Chicago Sun-Times</p> <p>Under a dark viaduct in Englewood, four muggers stood in front of 15-year-old identical twins Demacio and <a href="">Demario Bailey</a>.</p> <p>As they patted down Demacio for valuables Saturday afternoon, Demario shouted, “Get off my brother, he doesn’t have anything!”</p> <p>One of the muggers turned his attention to Demario’s coat: a navy blue Columbia winter jacket.</p> <p>But Demario refused to give it up. His mother, a single parent who waitresses at a South Side restaurant, recently spent hundreds of dollars on her sons’ coats, said their aunt and godmother, Sharron Lee.</p> <p>So the mugger shot Demario, killing him, Lee said.<br /> <span id="more-9345"></span><br /> When his body was taken away, Demario’s mother wailed and shouted, “I want my baby back!”</p> <p>Sunday afternoon, police said they’d caught the gunman who tore the inseparable brothers apart.</p> <p><a href="">Carlos Johnson</a>, 17, of the 6100 block of South King Drive, was charged as an adult with murder, robbery and attempted robbery. Johnson, who was also charged with another robbery that occurred shortly before Demario was killed, is due to appear in court Monday.</p> <p>When asked about search for the three other muggers, a police spokesman said only that the investigation is ongoing.</p> <p>The brothers were headed to their school, Johnson College Prep charter school, 6350 S. Stewart Ave., where Demacio had basketball practice Saturday. They were walking the half mile from the bus stop near the school when the muggers confronted the 6 foot tall brothers in the 0-100 block of West 63rd Street.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p>Demacio Sunday was being consoled by his tight-knit family. His mother routinely shuttled her boys around town to avoid Chicago’s violent streets, but let them take the bus that afternoon because she wasn’t feeling well, relatives said.</p> <p>“Demacio is heartbroken,” said the boy’s aunt, Michelle Fitzpatrick.</p> <p>The brothers -- three days shy of their 16th birthday -- planned to have a party at Dave &#038; Busters on the Near North Side. Demario’s death also cast a pall over Christmas, the family said. The boys had yet to decorate the tree at their home in Chatham.</p> <p>The pair were so close that Demario would often accompany his brother to basketball practice, even though Demario wasn’t on the team.</p> <p>“He was deeply committed to his brother,” said Keticia Guter, a teacher at Johnson Prep. “They did everything together.”</p> <p>Demario may not have excelled in sports like his bother, but, as part of the Puma Power Prep Squad at Johnson College Prep, he showed up at games to bang on a drum and amp up the crowd.</p> <p>Classmates and teachers spoke of their bond: They were “Joined at the hip,” or “A package deal,” “Like shadows of each other.”</p> <p>Demario dreamed of going to college, starting a career as a police officer or an attorney and moving his mother and brother away from Chicago’s violent streets, according to Demario’s classmate and close friend, Charles Kirk.</p> <p>As a testament to what a beloved student he was, Chicago Public School administrators on Sunday took the rare step of allowing reporters into the school gymnasium, where teachers and classmates alike praised the honor roll student for his work ethic and bottomless good spirit.</p> <p>“He was wonderful, absolutely wonderful, said teacher Rachel Terry. “He always wanted to go to office hours to get his GPA up… And he would always take off his glasses when he wanted to try to sleep,” she said with a laugh.</p> <p>Demario’s friends said he would tease and prod them until they smiled.</p> <p>“Every time I saw him he’d say, ‘What’s up, Michael Jordan?'” Shamay Miller recalled. “And I said, ‘Why do you call me that?,’ and he said, ‘Because your forehead is always shiny.'”</p> <p><img src="" alt="Demario Bailey / Sumbitted photo" width="100%" height="auto" class="size-large wp-image-9343" /><br /> Demario Bailey / Sumbitted photo</p> <p>As a freshman, Demario occasionally took off his glasses and posed as his brother. The gag didn’t work this year because Demario sported a fade hair cut and his brother had an afro, friends said.</p> <p>“He was like one of them zesty people, he was always putting smiles on peoples’ faces,” said Kirk, who added that Demario wanted to attend the University of Illinois.</p> <p>“We can honestly say he was a good kid who did not deserve this,” Johnson Principal Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid told her students Sunday.</p> <p>Earlier, in an email, Thomas-McDavid said: “I know I speak for every educator who continuously deals with this type of tragedy in saying we are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”</p> <p>Thomas-McDavid added, “I speak for every mother who lives on the South Side of this city in saying we don’t mind if it takes [martial law] to get this in order.”</p> <p>Jakia Powell, a sophomore at Johnson, said Demario’s death made her realize the pointlessness of petty arguments. On Sunday, she went around making peace with anyone she may have offended.</p> <p>“Because you can be here one day and gone the next,” Powell said. “And I never even knew that Thursday was going to be my last time seeing him.”</p> <p>Anyone wishing to donate to the family to help cover the cost of the funeral can do so by going to this <a href="">link</a> set up by administrators at Johnson College Prep.</p> Michael LansuSun, 14 Dec 2014 16:53:52 -0600 BaileyCarlos Johnson