Man accused of shooting at 5 cops held without bail
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org October 18, 2012 2:18PM
Updated: October 18, 2012 5:29PM
A far South Side man who allegedly shot at five police officers after carjacking an SUV full of children over the summer was ordered held without bail Thursday.
“He’s a dangerous individual,” Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. said of 21-year-old Anthony Maltbia, who was arrested Tuesday despite his attempts to hide in ductwork at a home in the 9100 block of South Harvard.
None of the officers Maltbia allegedly fired at were injured in the June 14 incident on the far South Side, authorities said.
Moments before, Maltbia jumped into a woman’s vehicle and ordered her at her gunpoint to drive to the 11600 block of South Princeton while her three children sat in the back, assistant state’s attorney Farrah Brass said.
Maltbia got out of the car when he arrived at his desired destination and walked into an alley before the woman heard gunshots and saw Maltbia walk toward the SUV while holding a weapon in his waistband, Brass said.
Maltbia allegedly got back in the car and forced the woman to drive as police officers responding to the shots fired pursued them.
Maltbia eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle in the 10500 block of South State and shot at the squad car with two officers inside, Brass said.
He allegedly fired again at the pair when one officer chased him and the other took cover behind a U-Haul truck.
Maltbia ran through a vacant lot and, in the 10500 block of South Lafayette, stopped to shoot at two other officers in another squad car, Brass said.
He kept running and when a fifth officer chased him on foot, Maltbia turned around and shot toward him, Brass said.
Maltbia ran to his home in the 10500 block of South LaSalle, but police couldn’t find him when they searched the residence. He was on parole and assigned to electronic monitoring at the home at the time.
Maltbia, who goes by the nickname “Tutu,” was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated discharge and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
He has three prior weapon convictions, Brass said.