Crime & Courts

No bond reduction for Lake County man charged with auto theft

Zishon Hunt, 19
Zishon Hunt, 19

A Lake County man charged with stealing a 2015 Dodge Durango with Wisconsin plates was denied bond reduction Thursday.

Zishon Hunt, 19, who according to a criminal complaint is from Zion although said in court he is “currently homeless” splitting his time between his grandmother in Waukegan and aunt in North Chicago, is being held in McHenry County Jail on $60,000 bond.

He was arrested with four other teenagers and is charged with felony possession of stolen vehicle and aggravated fleeing and eluding. He also faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, obstructing identification and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, driving with no valid license and failure to report an incident, according to a criminal complaint.

He also is wanted on a $30,000 Lake County warrant for failure to appear on a Waukegan charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Lake County Sgt. Christopher Covelli said. He would need to post 10% of $90,000 in bonds to be released.

Hunt’s attorney, assistant public defender Angelo Mourelatos, noted Hunt’s young age and lack of convictions when asking for a bond reduction. Judge Michael Coppedge acknowledged he is young but said he faces serious charges and failed to appear for his charges in Lake County.

Hunt said he makes money doing yard work and that both of his parents are in Mississippi. He said he may be able to post bond after he talks to his grandmother.

Coppedge allowed him two phone calls and set his case for July 26.

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