Bail was set at $150,000 today on weapons-related charges for a Brighton Park man already on parole in an attempted murder case after beat officers saw him firing a gun near his home this week.
Edgar Jasso, 29, faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and reckless discharge of a firearm, and also has been charged with violating his parole for a 2005 attempted murder case, according to police and court records.
Jasso, who has a wife and two children and works full-time at a body shop, appeared in bond court today before Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. His next court date is Jan. 31.
Chicago Lawn District officers were patrolling near Jasso’s home in the 4800 block of South Kedzie Avenue about 9:45 p.m. Thursday when they saw him standing in a doorway of his home, firing a handgun several times into the street, according to a police news release. Court records said he was firing toward a nearby vacant lot.
When he saw the officers, Jasso ran into his home and locked the door. Police surrounded his home, which is less than a block from the CTA Orange Line's Kedzie stop, but Jasso surrendered after about 20 minutes, according to police.
In court prosecutors said Jasso changed his clothes before unlocking the door and coming out to face arrest.
Two handguns, live ammunition and several spent shell casings were found when police searched Jasso’s home.
Jasso was convicted of an attempted murder that took place May 12, 2005, in the 5100 block of South Ada Street, about 6:15 p.m., according to court and police records. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2005, but after being paroled once, was sent back to prison following his arrest on a reckless conduct charge last spring. He was released on parole again in September, according to state records.
Bail set on weapons charges for parolee
Edgar Jasso, 29. (Chicago Police photo / January 25, 2013)