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Parolee Nabbed after Slipping Tracking Device

Joliet police say Andre Nash deliberately removed his GPS monitoring bracelet and then hid out at a friend's house before the state caught up with him.

A Joliet man who decided to cut off his Illinois Department of Corrections home monitoring device and leave his house found himself back behind bars Wednesday night, Joliet Police Cmdr. Rich Demick said.

Andre Lamont Nash, 43, declined to tell police why he deliberately removed the electronic GPS from his ankle Tuesday, leaving it behind at his 604 Clement home, or why he refused to give himself up when police tracked him down to a residence at 1417 Englewood, Demick said.

Joliet police were notified of the situation by the Illinois Department of Corrections and accompanied state marshals to the Englewood address, he said. Nash, who refused to answer the door to police, was eventually arrested after the home's resident returned and allowed them inside.

It's not known if the resident was aware that Nash had taken refuge inside her home, Demick said. She was not arrested.

Removing the GPS device was a violation of parole, who was sentenced to a year in prison in June after being convicted of violating an order of protection, according to Department of Corrections records. Demick said he did know under what terms Nash was given the GPS device.

Nash was charged with escape/violation of electronic monitoring Wednesday. Bond was set at $100,000 Thursday, he is currently being held in the Will County jail.

According to DOC records, Nash has been sentenced to prison at least twice previously. He was given a four-year term in 2007 after being convicted of domestic violence and violating an order of protection and in 1999 for manufacture/distribution of a look-alike substance.

According to jail records, Nash was also arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2011 and 2010 and with domestic battery, interfering with the reporting of domestic violence and knowingly damaging property in 2009.

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