A man on parole for trying to shoot a police officer has been arrested for stealing a car from one woman and trying to rob another on the West Side, authorities said.
Artavis Johnson, 31, of the 100 block of North Laramie Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm. He was ordered held without bail in a hearing midday today in Cook County bond court, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Johnson stole a Chevy Equinox in the 3800 block of West Maypole Avenue in East Garfield Park around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. A few minutes later, he tried to rob a woman at gunpoint in the 3400 block of West Arthington Street Street in Homan Square -- across the street from a police station.
The Equinox was equipped with OnStar, and the company informed police it was in the 1200 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Douglas Park, police said. Johnson’s girlfriend lives on the block, and police spotted him walking along the street when they arrived, authorities said.
He was arrested and later admitted to throwing the gun in a park, police said.
Johnson was convicted of a handful of felonies after he went on a crime spree in 2003 that ended with him trying to shoot a police officer, according to a Tribune article from the time and Illinois Department of Corrections records.
Johnson, then 21, tried to carjack someone in the 1500 block of North Kolin Avenue and then tried to rob someone in the 1500 block of West Thomas Street. While running from officers who stopped the car, he pointed a gun at police and squeezed the trigger. The gun didn’t fire.
Johnson was sentenced to 16 years in prison for armed robbery, 12 years for aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon, five years for being a felon in possession of a firearm and three years for aggravated assault of a police officer with a firearm.
He was released from Illinois Department of Corrections custody in July 2012 and was scheduled to have his parole discharged in July 2014.
Johnson had also been sentenced to 42 months in prison in 2002 for possession of narcotics and two years in prison in 2000 on the same charge.
Johnson is expected in court again Feb. 28, according to the state's attorney's office.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun