Racine police say a suspected gang member out of jail on house arrest was shot in the hand and that his GPS ankle bracelet registered several violations.
Keory Jones, 16, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping and one misdemeanor count each of marijuana possession and obstruction. If convicted of these charges, he faces up to 4-1/3 years in prison and/or up to $51,000 in fines.
Jones was charged in June as an adult with one felony count of robbery with threat of force, party to a crime
He was first assigned $6,000 in cash bonds for those charges but on July 3 had his bond modified so he could live at his mother’s house under house arrest with GPS monitoring.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called July 20 to the emergency room at Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s for a report of a boy with a gunshot wound to the hand. When police arrived, they discovered the wound was an entrance through the back of the boy’s hand and the exit was through his palm. Jones identified himself and said he had been standing on the front porch of his home when a car pulled up and a black man with dreadlocks got out and started yelling at him. Instead of going back inside, Jones said he went to the backyard because he felt safer and took off through the neighborhood heading west.
Police say that Jones reported he was near Park High School when he saw the car and the man with dreadlocks again. Jones said the man drew a long, black handgun and fired two times, but Jones didn’t know how he got hit. The defendant told officers he took off again and went to a gas station in the 1600 block of Washington Avenue for a towel to stop the bleeding from his hand. The owner told him to leave so Jones said he started walking west again down Washington Avenue.
When officers asked why he didn’t just call 911, the complaint reads, Jones said he wasn’t “thinking like that” and that he wasn’t afraid anymore of the people who shot him. He said he flagged down a silver car driven by a light-skinned Hispanic man he didn’t know and got a ride to the hospital.
Police say, though, that hospital surveillance video clearly show Jones getting dropped off by at least three individuals driving a white car. A small amount of marijuana was found in Jones’ front pocket
A check of his GPS monitoring record indicate Jones on July 20 left his home at 8:59 p.m. to go to several locations – including the hospital – and returned home at 5:57 a.m. Jones’ GPS record also shows, according the the criminal complaint, that Jones left his home July 21 at 12:40 p.m., returned at 2:21 p.m. He left again at 2:21 p.m. and returned at 8:11 p.m. Jones left his home one more time at 8:43 p.m. and spent the night at in an apartment at 2200 Washington Avenue. The battery for the GPS unit alerted for a low battery at 1:53 a.m. July 22 and last transmitted at 7:53 a.m.
Jones remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 cash bond for the bail jumping charges after posting modified cash bonds of $500 and $150, respectively, for the cases filed against him in June. He had a pre-trial conference Thursday for the misdemeanor trespass charge and had a warrant issued for his arrest on the felony charges for violating his house arrest order.
He will next be in court August 5 for his preliminary hearing on the new charges.