May 21, 2022

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Parolee Charged With Shooting At Morton Grove Gas Station

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SKOKIE, IL — A Berwyn man who opened fire at a Morton Grove gas station last year was arrested Wednesday after showing up to an appointment with his parole officer, who had earlier fingered him as the shooter after taking a look at stills from a surveillance video, authorities said.

Juan Marin, 35, of the 1800 block of South Euclid Avenue, was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with an Oct. 31, 2021, incident at the BP gas station located at 5601 Dempster St., according to police and prosecutors.

Marin, who was paroled in 2020 amid a five-year sentence for a conviction for possession of a firearm as a felon, had a loaded 9 mm handgun in his car when he showed up at his appointment with his parole officer, prosecutors said at his initial court appearance Thursday in Skokie.

He has yet to be charged over that gun. Prosecutors said it is being analyzed by the crime lab to see if it matches shell casings found at the gas station last year.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mary McMahon said video surveillance from the gas station shortly before 2 a.m. on the morning of the shooting showed Marin get out of a Land Rover and get into a dispute with the driver of a Lexus.

“As the Lexus was leaving the gas station, [Marin] is captured on video removing a firearm from his jacket pocket and discharging that firearm twice in the direction of the Lexus,” McMahon said.

McMahon said an additional charge of being an armed habitual criminal could be filed once prosecutors can confirm the nature of all of Marin’s past convictions.

In addition to his previous unlawful use of a weapon conviction, for which he is on parole, and another from a decade earlier that got him probation, Marin is currently facing a pending misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the prosecutor.

“Here we have a defendant who has two prior weapons offenses in his background, he has a pending possession of ammunition charge, and he is on parole for a weapons offense, and there was additionally a gun that was recovered from his car at the time of the arrest in this case,” McMahon said, arguing that Marin be denied bond.

“He clearly was firing this weapon in a very targeted and direct way at a car he knew to be occupied and just had an apparent altercation of some sort first,” she added. “[Marin] was armed with a firearm while on parole for that same offense, and what he was willing to do with that firearm is demonstrative of the fact that he is a danger to any person.”

(Illinois Department of Corrections)

McMahon said none of the four people in the car at which Marin was accused of firing two shots had reported the incident to police, although investigators were able to make contact with one of them. They declined to press charges.

The prosecutor said authorities were unaware of the nature of the argument that led to the shooting.

Assistant Public Defender Sarah Manning said that there were many unanswered questions about the case, including how investigators were able to identify him from the surveillance video.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have the benefit of seeing any of that video here today,” Manning said. “But I do think there are some questions that remain in terms of the factual scenario that was involved here and whether this defendant is a risk to the community.”

Manning said Marin previously worked as a dishwasher and currently is the primary caretaker for his fiancée’s four stepchildren.

Cook County Associate Judge Anthony Calabrese denied prosecutors’ request to order Marin held without bail.

Instead, the judge ordered him jailed until he can come up with $25,000 in cash. If he does so, he must not have contact with the person he is accused of shooting at. He is due back in court March 9 for a preliminary hearing.