A man arrested in August for a Riverside armed robbery has been arrested for robbery again, according to police.
Chicago police on Nov. 15 arrested Saul Sandoval, 19, after he was identified by a woman who reported that he threw her to the ground, punched her and stole her purse earlier that day in the 3100 block of West 39th Place in Chicago.
At the time of his arrest, Sandoval was free on bond in connection with an incident in Riverside on Aug. 3.
Sandoval, of Chicago, and Cicero resident Juan Ramos, 21, were arrested three days after they allegedly followed a jewelry salesman from a flea market on Chicago’s Southwest Side to Riverside and then robbed him in the driveway of a home in the 100 block of East Burlington Street.
During the alleged robbery, police say Sandoval pointed a handgun at a woman who confronted the two. Police were able to use video surveillance footage from the flea market and from businesses along the route the jeweler drove to Riverside to show the two had followed the victim.
Both men were charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery to a senior citizen. Sandoval was also charged with aggravated assault for pointing the gun at the female victim.
Sandoval was able to post 10 percent of the $85,000 bond given him by a Cook County judge and had been free since shortly after his arrest in August. He is now back in Cook County Jail awaiting a Dec. 2 court date with his bond set at $150,000.
Ramos had also posted 10 percent of the $70,000 bond given him after his Riverside arrest. Riverside police last week learned that Ramos has been taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He was also wanted on two outstanding traffic warrants issued by police in Cicero and Montgomery County.
“I cannot understand how Mr. Sandoval was out on an $85,000 bond in the first place,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel. “While this bond may seem high, he was able to post $8,500 in cash and has been out on the streets over the last several months.
“If it were not for the quick response of the Chicago Police Department, Mr. Sandoval may have well gotten away with another street robbery.”
Weitzel noted that Sandoval had been arrested 10 times before the Riverside incident, including several felonies. When he was taken into custody on Nov. 15, Sandoval was wanted on a warrant related to an August 2011 robbery in Chicago.
The Riverside chief criticized that Cook County bond court system, complaining that violent criminals are able to get back onto the streets far too easily.
“The Cook County bond hearing process is completely flawed and there is no set standard for judges to set bonds,” Weitzel said. “I cannot get my head around how a Cook County Circuit judge could even allow this individual out on bond for the case in which he was arrested in Riverside.”