2 Gang Members Charged With Threatening Off-Duty Cop

CHICAGO (STMW) — Two known gang members allegedly pulled alongside an off-duty Chicago police officer’s vehicle as he got off work early Saturday on the West Side, then pointed a gun at him repeatedly while attempting to ram his car off the road.

The passenger, Rolando Leon, 24, of the 1200 block of North Springfield Avenue was charged late Saturday with one felony count of aggravated assault to a police officer while armed with a firearm, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The driver, Jeremy Martinez, 19, of the 2500 block of North Talman Avenue is charged with one felony count of aggravated assault to a police officer and one misdemeanor count of DUI, Mirabelli said.

It began about 5:05 a.m. in the 3800 block of West North Avenue as Martinez pulled alongside the officer’s vehicle, while Leon — a convicted felon — pointed a handgun at the off-duty officer behind the wheel, Mirabelli said.

The officer tried to speed away but the men pursued him, repeatedly trying to run his vehicle off the road. The officer was still able to call 911 to report the incident and gave a description.

But the men were able to catch up to the officer’s car in the 4200 block of West Division Street and Leon once again reached out and pointed the gun at the officer while the driver tried to ram his car off the street, Mirabelli said.

Responding officers caught up to the location and pinpointed the men. They tried to stop the vehicle and activate their emergency lights but the men tried to speed away, Mirabelli said.

The vehicle was finally curbed in the 800 block of North Lavergne and both were taken into custody. 

Martinez was also cited for attempting to flee, reckless driving, not wearing a seatbelt, driving on a suspended license and not having insurance, Mirabelli said

Both men are known gang members in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood. Leon is also a convicted felon, police said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • limp

    get ride of this mother..s from this country to Mexico where they belong!!

    • Tax payer

      Your an idiot. Everyone with a Spanish name are not all mexicans.

      • Tax Payer 2

        You mean “you’re”

      • Anglo-Saxon

        These two “hispanic” sh!tballs are bottom of the barrel sh!t. Mexican, Puerto rican, it doesn’t matter. Look at their mugshots, ugliest sp…….k mugs I’ve seen. Lucky to be alive!!!

    • Mexican and what?

      You are such an idiot dont you read there are puerto ricans with mexican last names as well as african americans with mexican names even whites with mexican names you are just one rascist person and assume anything bad has to relate to mexicans. there are many nationalities where there physical appearence betrays the eyes. DON’T BE A RASCIST AND GROW UP

  • CUZ


    • Enrico

      I agree. Mex sh!t.

  • mace101

    Hey Limp,
    They’re from Humboldt Park you twit! So that means they’re Puerto Rican you idiot!

    • erniedog

      Look at their faces mongoloid.Their not PR’s
      flat face is Mexican.

  • limp

    how u know that ?they show u passport?or maybe they your friends ,and who u call idiot c…suckers?did I call u names?

  • E

    Learn how to spell limp……..and yes, these 2 guys are morons. I hope they give them the book!

  • Billy

    Sounds like Limp is a racist im sure if limp is racist towards the bad latino people and also the good latino people also!


    The issue here is not the race of these fine upstanding gentlemen. (Just so we all can put that to rest) The problem here is the blatent disregard for law enforcement these two individuals and their youth organizations have. They should be grateful they are alive after the stunt they pulled. I feel they should personally thank (and apologize to) the officer for not commiting justifiable homicide, and take what is coming to them. (Which will not be much considering we are in Crook County) The officer did the right thing by calling 911 and not taking matters into his own hands by being a hero. This goes to show all the CPD haters that not everyone is a bad apple.

  • Food for Thought

    what if the off duty cop would have shot the jerk who was pointing a gun at him?What would the media and citizens said then?
    Good thing the off duty cop used his head and called 911,had it been me I don`t know what would have happened!
    Ask yourself the same question?

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