A man suspected of shooting a Logan Square store owner in an attempted robbery caught on video last week was ordered held without bail today.
Cornell Mack, 53, was charged last week attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and discharge of a firearm.
Mack and Owens walked into the Quizhpe's about 5:30 p.m. April 9 Quizhpe and his brother-in-law Luis Ernesto Aucaquizhpe at gunpoint.
Owens was armed with a gun and used the gun to shoot multiple times, striking the victim in the leg and his co-defendant in the stomach. They fled with money from the store.
They wounded Quizhpe before he fought off the gunman with a baseball bat and Aucaquizhpe chased them out of the store with a fire extinguisher. Quizhpe was shot in the leg and has been recuperating at home.
Mack was accidentally shot in the abdomen by the gunman. Mack was arrested at Stroger Hospital, where he had shown up April 9 evening claiming to have been shot on the South Side
Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antoinetti said at Mack's bond hearing that the two entered the store at about 5:30 p.m. The other robber pointed a gun at Quizhpe and Aucaquizhpe while Mack went behind the counter and started removing money from the cash register.
During a struggle with Quizhpe, the gunman fired and hit Quizhpe in the leg and Mack in the abdomen.
An investigative alert was issued for Owens and he was arrested and identified in the lineup by the store owner, said.
He had a prior robbery conviction and a prior armed robbery class X conviction.
“Defendant Mack tried to get out of the store but was unable to because of the security system,” . The accomplice was able to hit the security buzzer, even though he was repeatedly hit by a bat by Quizhpe. Mack was taken into custody at Stroger and “gave an admission to police,” .
Owens has a prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance in 1993 for which he was sentenced to 15 months, he also was convicted in 1997 for home invasion and armed robbery and was sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Mack has an extensive criminal history that includes a 2007 conviction for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, for which he was sentenced to six years in prison. He also has two felony narcotics convictions and a 1994 conviction for aggravated stalking.