Electronically Monitored Defendant Jumps from Balcony, Flees

Jun 15, 2018Press Release

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a 23-year-old man who was on electronic monitoring for felony gun charges when he leapt from a balcony to escape officers.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. on June 12th, Sheriff’s officers arrived at Khalil Marbley’s electronic monitoring host site – an apartment in the 2300 block of South Michigan Avenue – to re-locate or re-incarcerate him because the leaseholder no longer wanted him to stay there. The officers attempted to restrain Marbley, but he resisted, slipped out of his sweater and then jumped one story from a balcony to the top of an adjoined parking garage to make his escape.

Marbley was court ordered to electronic monitoring after Chicago Police said they pulled him over for traffic violations on Jan. 3rd in District 11 and found suspected crack cocaine, a digital scale and a loaded .38-caliber revolver in the car. Marbley, who was on parole at the time, faces six felonies, including a Class X Armed Habitual Criminal, a Class 2 Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and a Class 4 Possession of a Controlled Substance.

On Jan. 4th, Marbley was ordered held on a $50,000-D bond with electronic monitoring required if the $5,000 in bail was posted. Marbley first spent approximately 63 days at the Illinois Department of Corrections for violating parole related to an earlier conviction. Marbley was then returned to Cook County Jail and released on electronic monitoring on March 21.

Marbley has nine previous convictions, including for felony drug possession. In 2014, Marbley received a felony conviction for escaping from the Sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring program for nine days. He was on electronic monitoring at the time for felony drug charges.

A warrant for a felony charge of escape has been issued. If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Marbley they are also encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (773) 674-8477.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.