Two Individuals in Custody Charged with Multiple Felonies in Jail Hostage Incident

Aug 15, 2016Press Release

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that two maximum security individuals in custody have been charged for taking control of a jail housing unit and injuring another individual in custody.

Cordarryl Stevenson

In connection with last month’s incident, Cordarryl Stevenson, 27, has been charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution, a class 1 felony; forcible detention, a class 2 felony; aggravated unlawful restraint, a class 3 felony; aggravated battery, a class 3 felony; criminal damage to county property, a class 3 felony, and mob action, a class 4 felony.

Martin Alvarado

Martin Alvarado, 24, has been charged with aggravated unlawful restraint; aggravated battery, forcible detention, mob action, and possession of contraband in a penal institution.

Both are scheduled to appear today for a bond hearing at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building.

According to the Sheriff’s Office investigation, at approximately 4:30 p.m. July 28, Division 10 individuals in custody Alvarado and Stevenson took control of their housing unit, covering the floor with soapy water. They obscured the fixed cameras in the housing unit before tearing them down completely.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 28, members of the jail’s Emergency Response Team entered the housing unit and took custody of Alvarado and Stevenson. The injured individual in custody was transported to an area hospital for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries. A weapon was recovered. There were no injuries to staff or to the other 15 individuals in custody housed there.

Alvarado has been in Cook County Jail custody since April 2015 on a murder charge stemming from Cicero Police Department arrest. Stevenson has been in custody since September 2014 on charges of armed robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking, stemming from a Skokie Police Department arrest.

Stevenson’s previous felony convictions in Cook County include residential burglary and robbery.