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No charges filed yet against woman in Joliet shooting case

Charges have not yet been filed against an 18-year-old woman who was arrested in connection with an incident where police say a gang member shot at a man’s vehicle in Joliet, according to court records.

On Thursday, Jada L. Boykin of Lockport and Jesus Mendoza, 18, of Joliet, were arrested after an incident in which the two pursued a man’s vehicle and Mendoza shot at it, Joliet police said.

Mendoza was a passenger in a silver Nissan that was driven by Boykin, police said.

Boykin was arrested on probable cause of unlawful use of a weapon and released on her own recognizance, police said.

Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said Boykin has a scheduled bond return date of April 7, which will likely change to another date in late June following a court order regarding the coronavirus epidemic.

“Charges would be brought at that time,” Cheney said.

Mendoza was taken to the Will County jail and charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a gang member, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

A judge set Mendoza’s bond at $100,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the victim in the case. His next hearing is April 16.

A criminal complaint alleged Mendoza is a gang member who fired a Smith & Wesson handgun at a man’s vehicle on Herkimer Street in Joliet.

The complaint also alleged Mendoza was convicted of aggravated robbery in a 2017 juvenile court case.

On Sept. 24, Mendoza was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a gang member, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to court records.

Several weeks later, Will County Assistant State’s Attorney James Long made a motion to dismiss the charges against Mendoza, court records show.

Cheney said prosecutors made a determination at the time “based on the evidence not to proceed with the prosecution of the matter.”

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