Rap­per, YouTu­ber charged with mak­ing threats against state of­fi­cials

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HEN­DRICK­SON, STAFF REPORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­times.com | @MHen­drick­sonCST

Rap­per, YouTube per­son­al­ity and con­victed fraud­ster Blaxi­can al­legedly made threats to sev­eral state of­fi­cials in a se­ries of emails and mu­sic videos be­cause he felt he was un­fairly pros­e­cuted and had his pos­ses­sions il­le­gally seized.

Former At­tor­ney Gen­eral Lisa Madi­gan, Chief Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brent Strat­ton and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Kwame Raoul were among some of the local no­ta­bles al­legedly tar­geted by Eric Jagli­cic, also known as Blaxi­can.

In some of the mes­sages and videos, Jagli­cic, 40, threat­ened to kill Madi­gan, harm Madi­gan’s fam­ily and come to all three of­fi­cials’ homes, Cook County pros­e­cu­tors said.

“I take these threats ex­tremely se­ri­ous,” Judge John F. Lyke Jr. said Fri­day, up­hold­ing the $1 mil­lion bail ini­tially set this week in a war­rant for Jagli­cic’s ar­rest.

“This lit­er­ally is a head-scratcher and it shocks the con­scious to be this brazen if this in­deed hap­pened.”

Jagli­cic has a col­or­ful his­tory that in­cludes a 2007 se­cu­ri­ties fraud con­vic­tion for bilk­ing a group of sub­ur­ban in­vestors out of $1.6 mil­lion for an Adam San­dler movie ti­tled “The Record Deal,” which Jagli­cic claimed he was fi­nanc­ing.

He also pleaded guilty to per­jury and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice in a re­lated case in Will County around that time and was ul­ti­mately sen­tenced to 10 years in prison.

A 2008 report by the Chicago Sun-Times de­tailed items auc­tioned off from Jagli­cic’s $500,000 Homer Glen home to pay back a por­tion of the money he stole, in­clud­ing Jagli­cic’s pet al­li­ga­tors, “Dan­ger” and “Dan­ger­ous,” a Hum­mer, an $8,000 shark tank and a $14,000 hot tub with a built-in TV.

Jagli­cic’s re­cent ar­rest stems from his anger over his pros­e­cu­tion by Madi­gan’s of­fice in those cases and hav­ing his be­long­ings taken from him, pros­e­cu­tors said Fri­day.

Jagli­cic told Strat­ton in emails he was owed mil­lions of dol­lars and that he would use the money to fund his “Op­er­a­tion Chicago” plan to combat gun vi­o­lence.

But the mes­sages Jagli­cic sent to Strat­ton in the past year went from “des­per­ate and dis­grun­tled” to “an­gry and threat­en­ing,” As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney James Mur­phy said.

In a YouTube video posted July 11, Jagli­cic can be seen “hold­ing what ap­pears to be a sword” while a recorded ro­botic voiceover re­lays how Jagli­cic would go to Strat­ton’s home, Mur­phy said.

Jagli­cic al­legedly went on, not­ing the neigh­bor­hood where Strat­ton lives and dis­play­ing a photo of Strat­ton’s home in the video.

Then a few days ago, Jagli­cic told Strat­ton that if he didn’t ad­dress his prior cases by this week, Jagli­cic would go to Madi­gan, Raoul and Strat­ton’s homes, Mur­phy said.

Jagli­cic al­legedly wrote in an email he did not ex­pect to live af­ter “mov­ing IN FULL FORCE TO YOU ALL YOUR HOMES.”

He also wrote, “This is a very clear threat, warn­ing, prom­ise, and fu­ture” and “if I die, it is OK, I died for a good cause,” Mur­phy said.

Jagli­cic ad­di­tion­ally wrote that he knew dan­ger­ous peo­ple who would go to great lengths to harm Madi­gan’s fam­ily.

He also al­legedly in­cluded in that mes­sage a link to a trailer for “Op­er­a­tion Chicago” — a movie Jagli­cic wrote, di­rected and starred in — that shows him in a straitjack­et talk­ing about killing politi­cians, in­clud­ing Madi­gan.

In a sep­a­rate video Jagli­cic posted, the “Op­er­a­tion Chicago” trailer gets a shout out from ac­tor and rap­per Ice Cube, who says the film was “lookin’ pretty good” and to watch out for it this Hal­loween.

Jagli­cic, who turned him­self in at the Town Hall Dis­trict po­lice sta­tion Wed­nes­day, is fac­ing charges of in­tim­i­da­tion, threat­en­ing a pub­lic of­fi­cial and elec­tronic ha­rass­ment, and his home was searched the fol­low­ing day.

Chicago po­lice, mean­while, are ad­di­tion­ally in­ves­ti­gat­ing “the con­tent” of a mu­sic video Jagli­cic posted to YouTube on July 1 that ap­pears to show Supt. David Brown ar­riv­ing at Jagli­cic’s home and hang­ing out in his base­ment record­ing stu­dio.

An as­sis­tant pub­lic de­fender said Jagli­cic was work­ing with Brown as part of Jagli­cic’s “Op­er­a­tion Chicago, LLC” pro­ject to “bring the po­lice and com­mu­nity to­gether.” Po­lice de­clined to com­ment. “[Jagli­cic is] denying send­ing any emails with threats,” the as­sis­tant pub­lic de­fender added.

Eric Jagli­cic

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