This Felon Is a Threat to Gay Bars—And Was Accidentally Released From Jail

Shane Sleeper

Shane Sleeper, a man from Chicago that was charged for threatening violence to local gay bars and saying, “Orlando will come to Chicago” (referring to the mass shooting at Pulse) was accidentally released from Cook County Jail this week, according to Into.

He was arrested on misdemeanor charges for resisting an officer, but the unimaginable threats he made eventually led to felony charges. According to this article, the misdemeanor charges were dropped on Tuesday, but the jail wasn’t aware of the felony charge he faced. So… he was released. It’s unclear whose fault this is (the sheriff’s office or the state attorney’s office).

“Preliminarily, it appears that the only cases he was being held on were dismissed and the sheriff’s office was never notified of any additional charges that were brought,’’ Cara Smith, policy chief for Cook County Sherif Tom Dart, said to the Chicago Tribune. “We were never notified. Our phones are on 24 hours a day. We complied with the only court order we received."

But the state’s attorney’s office spokesman Robert Foley had something different to say with his response that the sheriff's office is responsible for custody.

“Mr. Sleeper was in custody when the sheriff’s office brought him to court yesterday,’’ Foley said in an emailed statement to the Chicago Tribune. “He was arraigned in a felony trial court room, where he was assigned a no bail status and left in the custody of the sheriff’s office.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, “police were still searching for Sleeper Thursday morning. His last known address was on Chicago’s North Side, and he was described as white, 5-foot-11, weighing about 185 pounds."

UPDATE: 

According to new reports, the dangerous man has officially been re-arrested.

Per the Chicago Tribune, Shane Sleeper was arrested without incident at about 12:30 p.m. [Last Thursday] on the North Side by the sheriff’s fugitive apprehension unit, according to Cara Smith, policy chief for Cook County Sherif Tom Dart.

Let's keep him there now, please.

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