Prostitution sting leads police to suspect in attemped cop killing
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 4, 2013 3:20PM
Ronnell AKA Willie M. Anderson, charged with prostitution, felony retail theft and aggravated assault and attempted murder of a police officer.
Updated: June 4, 2013 4:37PM
Ronnell Anderson allegedly offered to give oral sex to an undercover Chicago Police officer for $30 over the weekend.
The cross-dresser was less generous to another cop when he and his friends tried to run over and kill that officer after shoplifting from a Gold Coast store several months earlier, Cook County prosecutors said.
Investigators were able to link Anderson to the Nov. 18 incident after he was arrested in a South Side prostitution sting on Sunday, according to a police report.
Anderson, who appeared in court with long auburn hair Tuesday, had driven to the State Street shopping district late last year with three other men with the intention to shoplift at area stores, Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget O’Brien said.
When they got to American Apparel, 46 E. Walton Street, Anderson, went in, stole $500 worth of items and ran toward the blue Buick driven by his cohort Tony Shields, according to authorities.
A uniformed officer saw Anderson running from the store, ordered him to stop and stood in front of the Buick, O’Brien said.
But Anderson jumped into the car as Shields drove toward the officer, forcing the cop to shoot then jump out of the vehicle’s path to avoid being hit, O’Brien said.
Anderson allegedly told investigators that Shields told him to duck before he hit the gas and pulled away from the curb as the officer stood by.
The officer wasn’t injured and the shot he fired didn’t hit anyone in the Buick.
Anderson, who also uses the alias Willie Anderson, was identified by witnesses and the officer, prosecutors said.
An assistant public defender referred to Anderson as a “she” in court Tuesday while pointing out that Anderson was not the driver of the car.
The police report said Anderson, 20, of the 7400 block of South Vincennes, is a “male who dresses like a female.”
Anderson faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault of a police officer, felony theft and misdemeanor prostitution.
Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered him held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Shield and two others — Michael Holmes and Devonta Anderson — have also been charged for their alleged roles in the crime.