A man paroled two months earlier on two weapons charges traded gunfire with police in the West Pullman neighborhood after forcing a woman with three young children in her SUV to drive him about a mile from his home.
Anthony Maltbia, 21, was ordered held without bail on charges of attempted
murder of five police officers prosecutors say he fired upon, as well as
aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
Cook County Criminal Court Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. refused to grant Maltbia
bail after Assistant State’s Atty. Farrah Brass argued that the shootings about
5 p.m. June 14 in the 10500 block of South State Street took place in a
residential area, and Maltbia forced the woman to drive him, even though she had
her children in the SUV.
Maltbia was arrested on Tuesday hiding in the ductwork at a home in the 9100
block of South Harvard Avenue. Police and the FBI searched for
Maltbia for several months after he disappeared from his home in the 10500 block
of South LaSalle Street following the shooting incident.
One June 14, Maltbia forced the woman to drive him to the 11600 block of
South Princeton Avenue. There, witnesses saw him walk toward
Yale Avenue, with a gun in his waistband, then heard gunshots.
Maltbia got back in the SUV and ordered the woman to drive away, and the SUV
was followed by two officers in a police vehicle until Maltbia jumped out near
106th and State streets. Once out of the car, Maltbia pointed
his gun at one arriving officer, then fired at the first two officers who were
Maltbia ran through a vacant lot to near 10544 S. Lafayette Ave., stopped and
pointed his gun, then shot once at two other officers in a marked squad car,
then fired on a fifth officer who was chasing him on foot, who then returned
Maltbia made it to the home where he was registered for his parole and
electronic monitoring, but left before police were able to search the home.
While he was evading capture, Maltbia told other people he had shot at
police. After a parole violation and an investigative alert were lodged against
Maltbia, investigators found him on Tuesday. Video from a squad car captured
part of the incident, and victims and several witnesses identified him in
At the time he traded gunfire with police, Maltbia was on parole for
convictions in gun-related cases from 2009 and 2010. He had been released on parole in April, according to the
Illinois Department of Corrections.