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Boy, 15, arrested for 19th time

arrestJesus Castaneda, 15, has been charged with armed robbery after he held up a man just two-miles from his home, police said.

This was Castaneda’s 19th arrest, and his second gun-related charge, according to police. He was arrested last August for unlawful use of a weapon.

At about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Castaneda robbed a man at gunpoint in the 6300 block of South Francisco Avenue in the Marquette Park neighborhood.

The victim of the robbery knew Castaneda by the nickname, “Little Rowdy.”

Police have had “several encounters” with Castaneda. They picked him up Wednesday afternoon in the 7500 block of South Phillips Avenue.

Castaneda is due in court Thursday.

By Sean Boswell, WGN-TV


79 Comments to “Boy, 15, arrested for 19th time”

    sharong4 said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    After 19 times, for armed robbery. Better keep him because next time he might kill someone.

      fitz said:
      February 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Or someone will kill him. His parents better wake up. They will be the ones crying foul of course.

      becker said:
      February 8, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Maybe we'll get lucky, he tries to hold up the wrong guy, and gets blown away. Will save us hundreds of thousands in future court, police, and prison expenses.

    guest said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    NOW they're making a big deal about it?? After his 19th arrest?? What about after the 10th time? And he's only 15!!

    mcpb said:
    February 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Smh our system sucks and our lame president will reward him with citizen ship along with the rest of the illegals that break our laws………

      Tired of Stupids said:
      February 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Are you from the US? You're sound like an idiot and you need to get an education. The president does not make laws…he is not a legislator. Dumb ass!

        Tired of Stupids said:
        February 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Oooops. "You sound like an idiot…" Doh! Perhaps I need an education on proofreading but at least I know how my government works.

        pissed american! said:
        February 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        oh get off your high horse buddy! you know damn well what "tired of stupids" was saying, and btw u are probably what his name is referring to. you sound pretty dumb yourself dude!

        Tired of Stupids said:
        February 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Ummm… i believe 'Tired of Stupids' was admiting to poor grammar. Notice how the name is the same as the one who posted the comment in which he/she replied to…. I suspect that 'Tired of Stupids' would be referring to people like you.

      Jennifer said:
      February 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Wow…what a dumb comment…

    Don said:
    February 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    And if anyone makes any negative comment about someone 15 years old being arrested for the 19th time, they will be deemed racist. Plus the kid will more than likely end up on Oprah and get a free ride through college while maintaining his career of crime. Mark my words.

      YouHaveIsuues said:
      February 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      So now you blame Oprah for the judicial system not doing their job?
      Aren't you stupid.

      Guest said:
      February 9, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      You are correct. I would also add that his family should be cut off All Public Assistance. Since they do not care what he does we shouold not be rewarding them.

      Here is how I see a new law:
      (To show I am not all heartless)
      1st crime: Lose PA for 6 months
      2nd crime: lose PA for 1 year
      3rd crime: Life time lose of all PA
      * Note this to apply if Any family member commits a crime- mom, dad, kids.
      **If the crimes are violent – Skip to step number 3.

      Don;t give me the old line that they will turn to crime to support themselves- they already are committing crimes and we are paying them to do it.

      If Little Johnny cost them their free ride you can bet they would have a word or two with him.

      dbrown said:
      March 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Oprah is not on anymore

    Joe said:
    February 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    "he a good boy , he tell me he wants to be a police officer"

    Mama Coon

      Jerry said:
      February 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Seriously? "Coon?" Wow.

    Steve said:
    February 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    See how rowdy he gets in Cook County Jail. Punk ass…

    chuck said:
    February 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    pass conceiled -carry so we can start cleaning the dirty streets ourselves!

    cdm said:
    February 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    This kid should not be free to roam the streets, but in juvenile detention at the least. The comment above about the President rewarding him with citizenship is an ignorant statement. Nowhere does it state he's illegal.

      Austin said:
      February 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      there's always an idiot who tries to tie the story in with their political ignorance !

    kid1339 said:
    February 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    He's getting ready to run for congress or senate.

      pissed american! said:
      February 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      hahahahaha thats funny I don't care who you are! atta boy (or girl)!!

    kelbo said:
    February 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    the kid is about to have a nice reality check. the jail says check your guns at the gate. he not about to be that tough in jail without his gun. punks like him should get a five year mandatory sentence. what the hell is a lil kid doing out at midnight on a school night. he wanted some trouble anyway. its midnight , do you know where your kids are ?

      sumday said:
      February 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      you act like this kid is scared to go to jail. I'm betting jail is where most of his family and friends are. A normal person would not want to go to jail so I understand your statement, but what you don't seem to grasp is these are not normal people. These are people who hang out with other gang memebers and other criminals. jail is were they go to regroup and scheme. Many jails are filled with family memeber or gang memebers so for some of these punks it's like a reunion when they go to jail.

        Spell Checker.... said:
        February 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        what's a memeber?

      Sarcasm said:
      February 9, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      because mandatory sentences work so well already…

    Lloyd Christmas said:
    February 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Wait, is he the honor student or aspiring rapper? I can't keep track.

      Don said:
      February 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      No, he beez the one who just beez turnins his lifes aroun, and now his baby mama be all wailing out loud, "My baaaby, my baaaby, he beez such a goot boy."

    Anonymous said:
    February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Seriously!!!! The comment about being on opera getting a free ride to college …… CLASIC!!!! LOVE IT!!! AND U ARE 10000000% RIGHT!!!!!!!!!! Someone is gonna feel sorry for this pc of crap and give him the world!!!!! PAAALEESE!!!!!! What about the good honest kids out there busting their behinds to get things ? Why doesn't opera give them the world for doing good????????????

      YouHaveIssue said:
      February 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      What a stupid statement. Her name is Oprahand she doesn't reward criminals on her show.
      I get the impression YOU probably have a criminal record….you PWT

        Spell Checker said:
        February 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        who is opera?….. I could have sworn her name was Oprah……

        Don said:
        February 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Her name isn't Oprahand, either. It's Orca.

    John said:
    February 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Execute this punk!

      Harry said:
      February 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Agree. He has no place in this society. Execute his parents as well!

    Arahm said:
    February 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    We (Chicago) has one of the strictest gun laws in the nation; but its apparent nothing is really being enforced on the criminals … they only want to handicap the law-abiding and go after our legal guns.

      Jan said:
      February 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Its really not about the guns but the person who has access to it. Lay a gun on a table or drop it on the floor and it won't fire, its that safe. Its the irresponsible person who has no knowledge of gun safety. The right to bear arms is greatly misunderstood and abused. The constitution should be amended.

        Ben said:
        February 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        No… The right to bear arms should not be amended… That would be like the 18th amendment and how crime rose with the outlawing of booze. It would make things worse…
        The reason we have such an amendments is so the government (In relation to the British) can not just trample out rights. When citizens lose the rights to fight for rights we lose our powers that the constitution has reserved to the states (and some cases this applies) or to the people. Granted back then the weapons technology has evolved. I am all right with a limit on magazine capacity but not for the taking away "assault weapons" any weapon hand gun, rifle, or shot gun can be used to assault some one. In some cases a shot gun can do more then a rifle. When you take away the 2nd you open the door for the government to use force to enforce its unjust laws. Taking away guns is not the answer.
        I know what the extent of the bodily damage a AR15/M16 can do. You want to know why? Easy I deployed to both current wars. Maybe it`s better to teach kids the safe use of weapons. Have some one shoot a ballistic gel dummy with fake organs and say "When you use the weapon on people. You carry the weight of causing horrific consequences."
        The original intent of the amendment has been abused but it does not specify the types. So as the constitution is as, banning assault weapons violates the 2nd amendment.
        As for amending the constitution good luck on that the process was made to be a drawn out one so an elected official can not trample out rights in the first place.

    jeff said:
    February 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    hey it goes like this shorty wanna be….. shorty is gonna be…… shorty wanna be a thug………. im sorry did i just quote a song that 2 pac made when i was a teenager…. geee……….. but i thought he was a good guy???????? it is the fantasy of useless minds want to become and not want to work in pain for ……….

      Marty said:
      February 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Well being out at that time of the morning with a City with a curfew law, maybe the parent should be arrested and both go to prison.

    jonnyess said:
    February 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    neuter this inbred infidel NOW!

    SDTangler said:
    February 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Media: "how to we stop the violence, Chicago's the #1 murder capital of the US!"
    Common Sense: Throw little punks like this in jail for a long time.

    jeff said:
    February 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    shoot em dead

    Daniel said:
    February 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Kill him before he knocks up some girl.

      Don said:
      February 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Or boy.

    Brian Millersmith said:
    February 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Little bostriches should just be euthanized. After their second offense. They've already shown they cannot be productive parts of society and will only be a burden to us all.

      pissed american! said:
      February 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      I dont know about killing the kid, but something needs to done for sure! but, some people are unable to reform…if thats the case, hell yeah CAPITAL PUNISHMENT!

    Sadsack said:
    February 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    There is your illegal lien with a gun….great dems…what next arrested 20 ….the kid was kick at …..just shot the little bas…….

    Johnny Boy said:
    February 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Next time somebody might have a gun and kill this kid. Then the parents will scream. But now they surely don't care otherwise he wouldn't have been arrested 19 times in his 15 years.

      Goodguyswon said:
      February 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      It's 12am and he's out committing armed robbery. Obviously the parents don't care or threw this loser out once he turned 18. Put him back out on the street, he'll be killed before he reaches the ripe old age of 21 and the problem will be solved.

        Goodguyswon said:
        February 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        "and will throw this loser out" To much editing made me lose my train of though. Punks like this kids have that effect on my nerves.

    Michelle said:
    February 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM


      Don said:
      February 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Michelle, stop shouting!!

    Thingscanbbetter said:
    February 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    another illegal alien that will be a convict that we will have to support from birth to death

    Scoebby_1 said:
    February 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Man, after 19 times of being arrested. They ought to put him under darn jail and throw away the key. Justice System wont help him.

    Guest said:
    February 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    His SECOND weapons charge in a city that bans them. I thought bans stopped guns from being used illegally(rolls eyes)!
    19 arrests at age 15, Wow! It is very clear that JAIL TIME should have stopped a weapon from being used by this revolving door criminal more than once.
    Enforce the laws we have, & let the lawful citizens have weapons to defend themselves against thugs.

    Monoxide said:
    February 9, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    He likes crime huh? Revoke his citisenship and deport him to Mexico. We'll see how much he likes it then. He'll be begging for mercy like a little baby..

    teremist said:
    February 9, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    I suspect there might be a few less thugs, if their parents were going to jail for their felonies. It's ironic that I am legally held accountable for what my dog does, but not my child.

    Brn K said:
    February 9, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Perhaps they should consider neutering the out of control pup…

      W.C. said:
      February 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Give him a half neuter and if it happens again he'll get the full effect.

    Anne-Marie said:
    February 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    So much hate and intolerance in so many of these comments. Obviously this kid (I have a 15 year old son) has some major problems. Maybe there's hope for him.

      Don said:
      February 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Yeah, right, Anne-Marie. Let's molly-coddle the thug and give him another chance. After all, he beez a goot boy who just beez turnins his lifes around, nome' sayin' dawg? <eye roll> Get with reality, Anne-Marie!!!! At arrest #19 at age 15, it's highly doubtful there's "hope for him."

    jordan said:
    February 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    what is wrong with his parents to raise him like that did they not teach him right from wrong. I blame his parents and the judge who didnt lock him up the frist five times

      Don said:
      February 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      ParentS ??? Usually they only have a baby momma because de baby daddy beez all disappearin and shiiiitte.

    Unreal said:
    February 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    You know there is a senator in Montana who is pushing to allow criminals to choose canings/whippings as opposed to traditional sentences. Wonder if that would help?

      KC Bob said:
      February 11, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      I'm with all of the above. In my youth,mentioning the pricipals office made my butt hurt and my eyes water. Noone wanted to go there…. Now it's a joke because the kids know, no matter how badly they act, they cannot bephysically touched….. Getting the same way with justice system…

    Glad I left said:
    February 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Was he an NRA member? Did he have a FOID card and Chicago permit ? What suburb did he buy the gun in — no gun shops in Chicago.

    Lisa-Henry said:
    February 10, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Robbing someone at gunpoint at 15? WHEW! Where's his FATHER? Gosh where the heck does a 15 year old get a gun, and have the audacity to pont it at someone's head? That boy got the devil in him–the Bible says "Withhold not correction from the child, for if thou beat him with the rod, he shall not die".

      Don said:
      February 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Honey, you asked, "where's his father???" You don't know that "culture," do you? Even de baby momma don't know where the "father" is, much less the 15yr old sprog.

    KC Bob said:
    February 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    A dog only gets to bite someone twice before it's euthanized for being a menace to society…. Why does this POS get 19 times…. Time toget serious about our punishments…. The criminal system shouldn't be a catch and release program…

    Sharay said:
    February 11, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    I am in awe of the negative racial statements made based on a name and assumption. Wow. I have to admit that it is difficult not to be cynical about the future. I wonder how many of the people posting on this site was in church yesterday praising the Lord. Are you the same Christians that have no compassion? Are you the same Christians who only follow Jesus when it is convenient? Just want to know if the pillars of our community are posting these negative disregard for life or just regular people who are too scared to actually do something constructive like becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister or mentoring.

      Don said:
      February 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Yeah, Sharay Shanaynay … let's have compassion and do something constructive like be a big brother or big sister and watch the thug rip us off when we're not looking. Why don't YOU start up an after school program for all these oh-so-poor children and babysit them from 4 to 7 every afternoon? You could offer programs in tiddly winks, arts and crafts, and nose picking. Read my lips: such children are hopeless. Lock them up, discard the key. Too much taxpayer $$$ going toward supporting these people only to turn them back out on the streets to wreak more havoc. *** 19 arrests at age 15 *** what does that tell you?

    jeff said:
    February 11, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    i learned from my one mistake 18 years ago and was told by head of deck …get a family get a job and ignore peoples b.s and dont come back

    crimeslayer said:
    February 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Just take him on a plane ride over his natural country and kick him out the door

    grace said:
    February 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    how about the court system his mother can't do anything with him and he been doing this now for 19 times. See I know what system be about they take the m off the stret until he kill someone then said parents fault. Better keep your self ready for 16th year olds they commiting crim and still able to walk around to do it again the courts, judge is going to dogs, if you don't have any where for him to go but streets let the people know he loose on news, if the news would get with the Mayor who in turn with Govenor and let community know criminals are being release we as people be more prepared. Most times when mothers kick kids out it's for their on protection rember you all started child abuse and kids are calling police on their parents so deal with this kid don't wait until he kills someone . Damned the crininal system they will get younger.Just wait

    Sharay said:
    February 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Just for clarification, I didn't say that there isn't a need for consequences. My point is that the racist statements and judgments that have been made on this site with nothing more than a name of a suspect, is disgraceful and I become more cynical based on these statements and predispositional statements. The juvenile is troubled and definitely needs some time away from society for the safety of society. That doesn't mean he's not redeemable. We are all God's children.

    Jeff said:
    February 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    More proof that more gun laws won't stop criminals from robbing. Check it out: http://www.wealthdaily.com/articles/chicago-teen-

    Trixie said:
    February 20, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    The only thing saving this kid's ass is that he is considered a minor at 15. Can't wait to say "Happy Sweet 16" welcome to the real world!

    Buddyboy said:
    February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    He neads to be put to sleep!

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