He is known to have used aliases including Cortev Shields and Shields Cartez.
He was arrested after he allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store at gunpoint in Villa Park, Illinois. The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged him with one count of armed robbery, according to a news release.
On May 13, 2018, officers from the Neighborhood Engagement Team were patrolling an area that’s seen drug-related complaints. When they spotted Cortez, who was wanted on seven warrants, including four felony charges, they tried to stop him. He exited the vehicle and ran off, with the officers chasing him.
He then jumped into the Poudre River and began to float downstream. Officers and members from the Poudre Fire Authority tried to help him, but he refused. At some point, he became separated from his backpack, which was recovered downstream by police and firefighters.
Cortez allegedly floated down to almost College Avenue, where he stood in waist-deep water and refused to surrender. A drone was used to keep an eye on him, and members from the Criminal Impact Unit and SWAT Team were also called in to assist.
Last Chance High follows students from Chicago’s Moses Montefiore Academy as they attend a therapeutic school on the city’s turbulent west side. They are all facing a variety of issues, including substance abuse, homelessness and troubled family situations. One student in particular, 14-year-old Cortez Shields, gets into fights with other students and is disruptive at school.