Wayne Jones is so proud of his weightlifting prowess that he has an image of barbells and the number 400 tattooed on his chiseled abs, an apparent reference to how many pounds he can bench press, as reported by The Chicago Tribune.
But Jones’ penchant for showing off that tattoo led to his arrest this week on charges he punched a teenager and robbed him of his smart phone in the Loop, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Jones, 49, approached the 18-year-old victim at about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 as he was walking in the 0-100 block of South State Street talking on his 4G smart phone. Jones initially asked to use the phone, but when the victim said it was out of batteries, he announced a robbery.
“The defendant lifted up his shirt and shows him the tattoo,” Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said in court. “(Jones) said he was cut and could lay the victim out right now.”
Jones then punched the victim in the face, took the cell phone and ran south on State Street, according to court records.
Last week, police searched arrest reports for previous cases involving a defendant with a “400” tattoo and got a match on Jones. After the victim picked Jones out of a photo array, detectives drove him around areas where Jones had previously been arrested and he was spotted about 11 a.m. Monday standing in the 4600 block of North Clifton Avenue. The victim later picked Jones out of a police lineup, records show.
Jones, of the 11400 block of South Forest Avenue, stands about 5 feet 7 and weighs 185 pounds, according to an arrest report. His criminal record includes a 1987 conviction for aggravated battery and robbery for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a 1995 conviction for an attempted carjacking, records show.
In 2009, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison for aggravated battery during a robbery of a downtown store. He also had been arrested for retail theft as recently as a week before the State Street incident, according to court records.
Jones was ordered held Tuesday on $150,000 bond by Judge Donald Panarese.