A judge denied bond Wednesday for a Chicago man charged with the baseball bat attack last week in Bucktown on a west suburban financial adviser and her friend, an Irish exchange student.
Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois refused to consider allowing Heriberto Viramontes to be freed on bail, saying he posed too big a danger, the Sun-Times is reporting.
“I don’t think there’s any condition or set of conditions that I can impose that can protect the community from this individual,” Bourgeois said during a hearing at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse.
Heriberto’s girlfriend, Marcy Cruz, who’s also charged in the attack, will appear for a bond hearing Thursday, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
With the pair in police custody, Stacy Jurich, one of the victims, pulled the intravenous tube from her arm Tuesday and stumbled to the hospital bedside of her friend Natasha McShane — who got the worst of the bloody attack Friday.
Jurich hunched over her friend’s hospital bed weeping, saying, “Come back. I need you to dance with me. I love you, and I’m sorry, and I’ll do everything I can for you,” Jurich’s mother Wendy Gay Van Etten quoted her as saying.
Jurich’s condition has improved, but she still doesn’t have full use of the left side of her body, Van Etten said. She was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital from Illinois Masonic Medical Center for rehabilitation. McShane remains in critical condition at Illinois Masonic.
Prosecutors said McShane is in an induced coma, having suffered a skull fracture and brain swelling.
On Monday, Viramontes, 30, of the 3100 block of North Springfield, and Cruz, 25, were arrested. On Tuesday, they were charged with two counts each of aggravated battery and armed robbery.
Jurich, 24, and McShane, 23, were robbed of their purses and beaten at 3:30 a.m. Friday under a railroad viaduct in the 1800 block of North Damen. Viramontes was a passenger in a van that Cruz drove on the morning of the attack, police said. Viramontes allegedly beat both women in the head with a wooden bat.
About 18 minutes after the robbery, Viramontes and Cruz were captured on surveillance video at a nearby gas station, a source said.
Cruz allegedly bought gas with a credit card stolen from one of the victims. Detectives tracked the purchase to the station, where they searched a garbage can and discovered some of the victims’ possessions, the source said.
Police said they also recovered the bat used in the robbery.
Viramontes, a Spanish Cobras gang member, has been arrested more than 30 times and convicted of burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and domestic battery, police said.
Cruz has a record of arrests for minor crimes but has never been convicted, police said.
According to her mother, Jurich was struck in the back of the head and was stumbling, dazed, when McShane was struck in the head and crumpled to the ground, unconscious, in a pool of blood. When Jurich tried to help McShane, she was struck in the head again, her mother said. Jurich knew she needed to escape and screamed for a taxi to stop, but the cabbie saw the blood on her clothes and kept going. A second cabbie stopped and called 911 as Jurich passed out.
“I’m glad they caught them,” Van Etten said. “What’s really upsetting is this guy has a 13-page rap sheet. He is a gang-banger. Why was he not put away a long time ago? If he had been, maybe this wouldn’t have happened to my daughter.”
The attack has left some Bucktown residents on edge -- even though police do not think there is a pattern of similar attacks.
“It put a little scare in me,” said Hillary Pasek, a store manager at the T-Shirt Deli steps away from site of attack.
“I won’t walk through the alley any more to get to my car,” Pasek said. “I’ll take the extra minute and walk around the block.”
Viramontes is scheduled for a May 3 preliminary hearing in Northwest Felony Court.