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Judge sets $1 million bond for Joliet man facing attempted murder charge

Jason Stevens
Jason Stevens

A judge set a $1 million bond for a Joliet man facing an attempted murder charge after police said he fired two shots at a Will County deputy and then bit him while they struggled on the ground.

At Thursday’s bond hearing, Judge Brian Barrett informed Jason Stevens, 26, that he's charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery, armed violence, armed habitual criminal, unlawful possession of a weapon by felon and drug possession.

Will County Assistant State's Attorney Nick Plattos requested Barrett set a $5 million bond for Stevens after arguing he was in possession of dangerous weapons and he fired shots at a deputy.

Stevens’ attorney Paul Napolski asked for a $100,000 bond.

“I think $5 million is ridiculously excessive,” he said.

Barrett set Stevens’ bond at $1 million. Stevens will need to post $100,000 for his release from jail.

Barrett ordered Stevens to have no possession of firearms and to submit to drug testing. Barrett said Stevens will be subject to house arrest if he’s released from jail and he’s not to leave his home unless it is for religious, medical or court purposes.

Deputies were on Parkwood Drive south of Maple Road shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday to follow up on an incident where a vehicle fled a traffic stop on Joliet's West Side about an hour earlier, police said.

Deputies tracked the vehicle to an apartment parking lot, and saw a man – Stevens – who "fit the description of the registered owner, next to the vehicle," police said.

Stevens ran away and opened fire on the deputy, police said.

"Upon firing the weapon in close proximity of the deputy, Stevens fell to the ground," police said. "The deputy attempted to gain control of the assaultive suspect's wrists and firearm. While the deputy was attempting to gain control of the ... firearm, another shot was fired by Stevens in close proximity of" the deputy.

After firing a second time, Stevens "began to bite the deputy's hands, wrists, and arms in an attempt to gain control of the firearm and defeat the arrest," police said.

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