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Bond lowered for Joliet shooting victim cops say lied

Isaac E. Ramones
Isaac E. Ramones

JOLIET – A Joliet man who allegedly tried to keep police away from the scene of a shooting last fall had his bond amount reduced Monday.

Isaac E. Ramones was picked up by Will County Sheriff's Office police March 9 on an outstanding warrant charging him with obstructing justice. Different court documents indicate Ramones is either 32 or 29 years old. Will County Assistant State's Attorney Chris Koch told Judge Dave Carlson on Monday that Ramones has also been prosecuted under the name "Isaac Rodriguez."

On Oct. 1, Ramones was brought to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center and treated for a bullet wound to his shoulder. Koch said Ramones told police he'd been shot while he was in the 500 block of North Broadway Street in Joliet. Defense attorney Todd Lenzie said Ramones was medicated when he was questioned.

"It's not simply 'OK, he got the address wrong.' [Joliet police] sent resources there to investigate this shooting," Koch said.

After speaking with other witnesses, police went to Ramones' residence "and found a trail of blood." Court records indicate Ramones lived in the 800 block of Audrey Avenue at the time. His assailant has not been identified.

"I've never seen the victim of a shooting get charged before. I think the charge is ridiculous," Lenzie told Carlson.

The judge lowered Ramones' bond from $75,000 to $15,000.

According to documents Koch filed Thursday, Ramones has a 25-page criminal history.

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