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A 15-year-old girl was fatally shot in front of her siblings while fleeing an attempted robbery on Chicago’s South Side, according to her family.

Demea Morris’ family stated that she and her siblings were attempting to flee an attempted robbery when they were shot at.

Demea’s family said the 15-year-old was ambitious and trying to make her way in the world.

“She was in the middle of nursing school, a 15-year-old girl. Most of them don’t really care about much. She was building her future,” said Toni Turner, Demea’s aunt. “She loved dancing, laughing, playing, cracking jokes. She loved excelling.”

But her future was snatched away in an Easter morning tragedy. Morris was shot in the head in the backseat of an SUV near 106th and Sangamon in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Sunday morning, according to Chicago police.

Morris’ family said she was in the SUV with her siblings, who witnessed the entire incident after surviving another terrifying situation prior to the shooting.

“They were in the middle of being robbed, and got away from the people who were trying to rob them, and they shot after them,” Turner said. “In the midst of pulling off of getting away from avoiding getting robbed they started getting shot at and they tried to go to the hospital while on the phone with police and they (police) pulled them over because they were able to track them down.”

Morris’ family paid tribute to her life in Jackie Robinson Park on Monday night.

“You took a lovely person, you understand. She was very smart, very intelligent and very witty,” Turner said. “For some bum to want to be greedy, and take something from somebody? You took more than what you could even imagine.”

Their cries for a lost life were as audible as their cries for justice.

“Say something. A parent-parents are suffering. Siblings are suffering,” Turner said.

The family, in collaboration with the Andrew Holmes Foundation and All Kids Matter, is offering a $13,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“What you did and the decision you made was wrong. This wasn’t a mistaken identity. This was first degree murder,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.

According to Chicago police, a man was pistol whipped during an armed robbery outside Martyrs’ bar in North Center.

A man was pistol whipped outside Martyrs’ bar in North Center early Sunday morning, according to Chicago police.

Police said a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were outside the bar after working a concert at the space in the 1900-block of West Byron when four men got out of a dark colored sedan and flashed guns.

According to police, the armed men demanded the victims’ property and handed it over. During the robbery, the man was “struck about the head” with a gun, according to police. The woman was unharmed.

The suspects took off in their vehicle. According to police, the man refused medical treatment at the scene.

Martyrs management confirmed the incident and expressed gratitude that “the two victims were not seriously injured,” but declined to comment further.

There is currently no one in custody. Chicago police are conducting an investigation.

‘A special kid,’ a high school sports star was killed near the United Center just days after his 16th birthday.

Darrion Williams turned 16 just one week ago.

His stepmother stated that he was overjoyed to be celebrating this weekend. A birthday party was planned for this Saturday, but sadly, it will now be canceled.

Williams’ family is still coming to terms with the fact that their fun-loving 16-year-old son is no longer with them.

“They took a special kid away. They did,” said Audrey Welch-Williams, the victim’s stepmother. “It tore me up, because I had just spoken with him, and he said, ‘I love you too.’ And I’m like, that was the last thing that I got from him.”

According to Chicago police, around 11 p.m. on Friday, Williams was walking on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of West Randolph Street when someone wearing dark clothing began shooting at him. Williams was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.

“He had a lot of people and mentors that were in his life. So, it wasn’t like he strayed away. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Welch-Williams said.

His stepmother described him as a playful and sometimes shy child from a loving family. Williams also excelled in football and basketball at Crane Medical Prep High School on Chicago’s Near West Side.

He was only a sophomore, but he was already an important member of both varsity teams.

“We had anticipations for him going to prom, and maybe probably even getting drafted from somewhere, because he was totally varsity, and he did both sports and he did them well,” Welch-Williams said.

Those hopes were dashed as the happy times they shared became memories.

“I want everybody to know that he was a beautiful kid. And what happened, he didn’t deserve it,” Welch-Williams said.

As of now, no one is in custody, according to Chicago police, as detectives continue their investigation.

Police report 21 shootings in Chicago over the weekend, four of which were fatal.

According to police, at least 21 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, with four fatalities.

On Saturday, a would-be robber was shot while attempting to rob an O’Reilly Auto Parts store. According to police, a man entered the store near 91st and Stony Island, brandished a gun, and demanded cash. The suspect was then shot by the store manager, who police say is a valid FOID card holder. The suspect was taken to the University of Calgary Hospital in critical condition. He was later declared dead. Detectives from Area Two are currently investigating.

A man was found shot to death in Lawndale just hours before. Officers received a report of shots fired in the 3900 block of West Flournoy Street, according to Chicago police. When they arrived, they discovered a 32-year-old man unconscious on the ground around 1:10 a.m. He was shot in the back of the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. There was no one in custody.

Another man was killed in a shooting near the United Center on the Near West Side on Friday night. According to Chicago police, the man, whose age was unknown, was on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of West Randolph Street when someone wearing dark clothing approached him and opened fire around 11 p.m. He was shot in the chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, according to police. There was no one in custody.

A 14-year-old girl was critically injured when shots fired on the street struck her inside her home on Chicago’s Far South Side, according to police. The shooting occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. According to police, the incident occurred Saturday in the 12600 block of South Lowe Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood. According to police, the girl felt pain immediately after hearing the shots. She had two bullet wounds in her thigh. No one is in custody, and Area Two detectives are looking into it.

A man was also injured in a shooting in Albany Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Sunday morning. Officers discovered the man, 24, with gunshot wounds to his lower back in the 2800 block of West Wilson Avenue around 6:15 a.m., according to Chicago police. According to police, he was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and was in fair condition. Officials said the injured man and two others were taken into custody. Detectives were looking into the incident’s circumstances.

This report was assisted by the Sun-Times Media Wire.

Chicago shootings: At least 14 people were shot and three were killed in weekend gun violence across the city, according to police.

According to police, at least 14 people were shot over the weekend, three of whom died.

On Saturday, a would-be robber was shot while attempting to rob an O’Reilly Auto Parts store. According to police, a man entered the store near 91st and Stony Island, brandished a gun, and demanded cash. The suspect was then shot by the store manager, who police say is a valid FOID card holder. The suspect was taken to the University of Calgary Hospital in critical condition. He was later declared dead. Detectives from Area Two are currently investigating.

A man was found shot to death in Lawndale just hours before. Officers received a report of shots fired in the 3900 block of West Flournoy Street, according to Chicago police. When they arrived, they discovered a 32-year-old man unconscious on the ground around 1:10 a.m. He was shot in the back of the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. There was no one in custody.

Another man was killed in a shooting near the United Center on the Near West Side on Friday night. According to Chicago police, the man, whose age was unknown, was on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of West Randolph Street when someone wearing dark clothing approached him and opened fire around 11 p.m. He was shot in the chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, according to police. There was no one in custody.

A 14-year-old girl was critically injured when shots fired on the street struck her inside her home on Chicago’s Far South Side, according to police. The shooting occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. According to police, the incident occurred Saturday in the 12600 block of South Lowe Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood. According to police, the girl felt pain immediately after hearing the shots. She had two bullet wounds in her thigh. No one is in custody, and Area Two detectives are looking into it.

A man was also injured in a shooting in Albany Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Sunday morning. Officers discovered the man, 24, with gunshot wounds to his lower back in the 2800 block of West Wilson Avenue around 6:15 a.m., according to Chicago police. According to police, he was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and was in fair condition. Officials said the injured man and two others were taken into custody. Detectives were looking into the incident’s circumstances.

This report was assisted by the Sun-Times Media Wire.

A jury awards nearly $5 million to the family of an 84-year-old woman killed in a collision with a Chicago police vehicle.

A jury awarded nearly $5 million to the family of an 84-year-old woman killed in 2019 when a speeding Chicago police cruiser collided with her car while responding to a call in the Austin neighborhood.

According to attorney Andrew M. Stroth, jurors took about four hours on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning before awarding a $4.93 million judgment against the city on behalf of retired teacher Verona Gunn.

“Nothing will bring Verona Gunn back, but to me the verdict shows the jury followed their oath and held the city of Chicago accountable for this tragic crash,” Stroth said.

A city Law Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The city attorneys had admitted liability for the crash, leaving the amount of damages for Gunn’s family to be determined by the jury.

Video of the high-speed, multi-vehicle collision that killed Verona Gunn was used as key evidence in a two-day civil trial at the Daley Center, which also included testimony from Gunn’s daughter and granddaughter.

Gunn was sitting in the backseat of her daughter’s Nissan, next to her 9-year-old granddaughter, when the car came to a halt at the intersection of West Division Street and North Laramie as police vehicles raced by on their way to a call of an officer in need of assistance.

CPD Officer Patrick Brown was driving a police van west on Division when it ran a red light and collided with a CPD SUV heading north on Laramie. The impact slammed the SUV into the front of the Gunns’ vehicle. According to police, ten CPD officers were injured during the chase.

Officer Brown was fired by CPD Supt. David Brown last year, and he has been suspended without pay while his case is before the Police Board.

Gunn, a 20-year elementary school teacher, suffered traumatic injuries in the crash, but she clung to life for several hours at the hospital, according to Stroth. Stroth stated that her daughter and granddaughter, who lived with Gunn, gave emotional testimony about the terror of the crash and the pain of losing Gunn.

“This case is about the sanctity of every life, and we fought to convey to the jury that every life matters, regardless of age. We are pleased that the jurors felt a person’s worth was not devalued as they age or because of any mental health or medical condition. … Verona Gunn’s life mattered,” attorney Antonio Romanucci said in a statement.

Although jurors did not hear them, police dispatch recordings revealed that Brown and other officers were repeatedly told to slow down. Dwight Gunn, Gunn’s son, said in a statement that the city treated the lawsuit with “disrespect.”

“Today we have come to the end of this portion of our fight for accountability and justice,” Dwight Gunn said. “While the City has taken some responsibility, we hope for the next step of policy change and reform that improve policing in our community.”

(Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright 2023 Chicago Sun-Times.)

The family of a Chicago woman killed in a police chase has demanded answers and action from the city.

Verona Gunn, 84, was murdered in May 2019. Surveillance video showed a police cruiser and an unmarked police car colliding on the West Side and then colliding with the vehicle in which Gunn was riding.

Family members said they filed a lawsuit against the city and the officers involved, but have received no response.

ABC7 has reached out to the city for a response to Monday’s news conference but has yet to receive a response.

A man was struck and killed at a Northwest Side intersection.

A man was struck and killed in a Northwest Side intersection early Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the intersection of Armitage and Cicero around 5 a.m. on a report of a pedestrian struck.

According to police, a 56-year-old man was driving southbound on Cicero when he collided with a 46-year-old man in the intersection.

The man was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead there. The driver received traffic tickets.

There was no other information provided.

According to Chicago police, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing the street in Greektown.

A man was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Chicago’s West Side on Saturday morning, according to police.

The collision occurred at the intersection of West Washington Boulevard and North Green Street in the Greektown neighborhood around 1:06 a.m., according to police.

A witness reported seeing a black Mercedes run a stop sign and collide with a 25-year-old man crossing the street. The Mercedes drove east on Washington Boulevard.

According to police, the victim suffered blunt force trauma to the entire body and was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are looking for a four-door Mercedes-Benz sedan from 2006 to 2010, which may be missing the passenger sideview mirror and may have some front-end damage.

Major Accidents was on the scene looking into the incident. There is no one detained.

Police did not immediately release any additional information about the crash.

Three juveniles are facing charges after crashing a stolen vehicle on Chicago’s South Side.

On the city’s South Side, three male juveniles were injured in a crash involving a stolen vehicle.

The incident occurred around 9:18 p.m. Thursday in the Chatham neighborhood’s 8300 block of South State Street.

Officers arrived to find two vehicles involved in the crash. According to police, a red sedan traveling northbound on 83rd Street collided with a vehicle traveling eastbound on the same street.

According to police, the striking vehicle was later identified as stolen. The three male juveniles inside the vehicle were apprehended and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital and St. Bernard Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

The other vehicle’s driver was not hurt.

Charges are pending.

The body of a missing woman was discovered tied up in a shopping cart in a SW Side alley, according to her family.

A 21-year-old woman who had been missing for months was found dead on Chicago’s Southwest Side on Friday, according to her family.

Rosa Chacon’s body was discovered in an alley in the 2300 block of West 24th Place, tied up and wrapped in sheets, according to her relatives.

“I miss my baby,” her father Jose Lucio said. “Normally when our daughter leaves, we hear from her. She calls the next day, she calls an hour after she leaves, she’s in a house, she’s secure, she’s nice and warm. But we didn’t hear anything.”

“I don’t know how they have a heart to do somebody like that,” said Rosa Chacon, the victim’s mother.

Her family last saw her outside her house on January 18. Chacon is seen in a home security camera video getting into a rideshare in the 2800 block of South St. Louis Avenue. Chacon’s family claimed she didn’t bring anything with her, including her coat and identification.

“She said, ‘I’ll be back mom. I got the Uber ride there and the Uber ride back,’ that’s what she told me,” her mother said.

Her cause of death will be determined by the Cook County medical examiner. Relatives said the tattoos on her body helped them identify her.

“She was the party type. She was not trouble,” said Juan Lucio, her brother.

Her mother said she didn’t know where her daughter was going or who ordered the ride for her and that Uber refused to say. According to a company spokesperson, they do not release private information for privacy and policy reasons.

Meanwhile, the family reported Rosa missing to Chicago police, but their concern quickly turned to anger after authorities failed to assist them.

“The cop said a crime had to be committed for them to do anything,” said Alejandro Guzman, the victim’s boyfriend.

They hired their own private investigator after months of searching and handing out flyers on their own.

Last month, a 20-year-old Guatemalan migrant was discovered shot to death in the same neighborhood.

Reina Cristina Ical was discovered dead in an alley near the 2400 block of S. Drake Avenue in Little Village. Her death was determined to be a homicide.

There have been no arrests in that case thus far.

“Be sure to watch your daughters more closely,” Chacon’s father said. “Don’t trust anybody.”

While Chicago police continue their investigation, community activists are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

After nearly 30 years in prison, a Chicago man was released after his murder conviction was overturned.

A Chicago man was released from prison after a judge overturned his murder conviction because prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to retry him.

Lee Harris has been proclaiming his innocence from behind bars for decades, and ABC7 was there moments after he was finally released from Crest Hill’s Stateville Prison.

His family and attorney greeted him.

“If you believe it, you can achieve it. And, I didn’t know when or how long, but they weren’t going to carry me out of there,” he said.

Lee was convicted of murder in the death of Dana Feitler in 1992. She was shot and killed in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood in 1989 after withdrawing $400 from an ATM.

The lead detective on the case, according to Harris, tortured him and forced him to confess.

“In my early years, they couldn’t have sat down with me. But, you know, as you grow older, I know they’re not thinking about me, so why should I waste time thinking about them?” he said.

Harris was surrounded by his only son, family, friends, and the attorneys who fought for his release at Manzo’s Burger in Morgan Park on Thursday night. Jermaine, his son, was only seven years old when his father was imprisoned.

“He was always there. He couldn’t be physically there, but he knew what I did in football. He had his friends come and visit me,” Jermaine Harris said.

Feitler’s family said they found out about Harris’ release two days ago. They released a statement, saying in part, “Thirty-four years ago, our daughter and sister Dana Feitler, a kind, hard-working and talented 24-year-old Chicagoan was randomly abducted from the lobby of her home and murdered. Not a day has gone by where the memory of Dana has not been present in our family’s lives.”

“My heart goes out to that family because for over 33 years that family, they thought they had closure,” Harris said moments after he was released from prison. “Now the wounds have reopened. I feel so sorry for them. My heart goes out to them, I just hope them the best.”

Harris says he has a lot of family time to catch up on, and he’ll start with the Bulls game on Friday night, which he and his son plan to attend.

According to a CPS lawsuit, a teacher told her students, “The longer you cry, the longer I will hit you.”

Wednesday evening, parents of elementary school students filed a lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools alleging their children were abused at a Far South Side school.

Parents of students with special needs at John Whistler Elementary School say they learned about a month ago that a teacher had physically and mentally abused their children, and that administrators were aware.

This morning, parents and their attorneys addressed the media at a news conference.

“I want the teacher who was involved to go to jail. I feel like the principal knew because the teacher has been at Whistler for 20 years,” Julie Hagan, whose son attends Whistler, said. “The abuse by that teacher has to be an open secret.”

CPS issued a statement indicating that they are committed to the safety and well-being of their students and that they take all allegations of employee misconduct seriously.

The lawsuit alleges that the accused teacher frequently struck students with her hands, wooden rulers, and other wooden objects, and threatened them when they struggled to complete assignments.

According to the complaint, the educator frequently told the children, “The longer you cry, the longer I will hit you,” or cursed at them.

According to the complaint, special education students frequently left class with marks on their bodies and faces.

According to the lawsuit, the accused educator would harass or threaten other educators if they exposed or reported her punishment methods.

The policy of Child Protective Services prohibits corporal punishment.

The full complaint is included below.

Eric Carter has been appointed interim superintendent of the CPD.

Following David Brown’s resignation, First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter has been selected to lead the Chicago Police Department on an interim basis.

Carter has been the CPD’s second-in-command since July 2020.

During his tenure as first deputy superintendent, he oversaw all deployment operations, including the bureaus of patrol, detectives, counterterrorism, and special operations, according to the Chicago Police Department.

“It is my privilege to serve as Interim Superintendent and lead the brave men and women of CPD,” said Interim Superintendent Carter. “We will continue the progress we made under the leadership of Superintendent Brown to build trust in our communities and strengthen safety across every neighborhood.”

Carter is a 30-year veteran of the CPD who has served in multiple divisions. He is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of Saint Xavier University with a master’s degree in public and non-profit corporate management.

WGN Investigates reported on Wednesday that after announcing his resignation, David Brown checked out of his office earlier than the planned departure date of Thursday.

Brown was brought to Chicago in 2020 by Mayor Lori Lightfoot from Dallas, where he had previously served as police chief.

Previously, former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was the last interim superintendent following the Eddie Johnson scandal.

Carter may only hold the presidency for a few months. Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas, candidates for mayor of Chicago, criticized Brown on the campaign trail and pledged to replace him.

The election runoff takes place on April 4.

5 people have been arrested in Chicago following an attempted robbery on a CTA Red Line train in the South Loop.

Several suspects were apprehended after Chicago police officers observed an attempted robbery on a CTA train Wednesday morning, according to police.

The incident happened around 3:05 a.m. on the CTA Red Line in the 1100-block of South State Street, according to police.

According to police, the suspect used pepper spray before fleeing. Five suspects were apprehended.

There were no officers hurt, but a suspect was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition with an unknown injury.

CTA Red Line trains were temporarily halted in the area, but normal service has since resumed.

More information was not immediately available.

A CFD firefighter’s wife and three children were critically injured in a Montclare fire.

A house fire on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Tuesday night critically injured the wife and three children of an on-duty Chicago firefighter.

The fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. in the 2500 block of North Rutherford Avenue, according to Chicago police.

Firefighters rescued a 34-year-old woman, two young girls, ages 2 and 7, and a 7-year-old boy who had all been exposed to smoke.

Stroger Hospital received an adult and two children.

According to Chicago fire officials, another child was transported to Community First Hospital.

According to CFD spokesman Larry Langford, the fire occurred at the home of an active Chicago firefighter who was on-duty at the time of the blaze.

According to Langford, the firefighter rushed to the scene after hearing his own address over the scanner.

A neighbor reported hearing a loud bang and looking out the window to see the house completely engulfed in flames. That’s when he called for assistance.

“I know there’s three children in the house and a mother,” John M. said.

The home’s damage was visible early Wednesday morning.

Fire inspectors have arrived to determine the cause of the fire.

Police say a pregnant woman was shot and killed inside her car in Belmont Cragin while attempting to rob someone.

According to police, a pregnant woman was killed in an exchange of gunfire while attempting to rob someone in Belmont Cragin on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Monday.

Genesis Escobar, 21, entered a car in the 5200 block of West Montana Street around 1 p.m. with the intent of committing a robbery, according to Chicago police.

Genesis Escobar Iris Alvarez

According to police, gunfire was exchanged between people inside the car and someone outside. Escobar received gunshot wounds to the shoulder, back, and hand.

According to police, she was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and pronounced dead. Friends at the scene told reporters that she was seven months pregnant and that the baby did not survive.

“When we got to the hospital, unfortunately, the baby was not able to be saved and she passed away as well,” said Iris Alvarez, who was friends with Escobar and lives near the shooting.

Alvarez and her daughter said they heard four gunshots. “We looked out the window and seen that the vehicle – someone opened the driver door, walked around the vehicle, pulled the body out and drove off,” she said.

“I feel that for a person to do that to someone, doesn’t have a heart,” Alvarez added.

There was no one in custody.

Two Gurnee police officers were hurt while apprehending suspected car thieves.

Two Gurnee police officers were hurt while arresting two car thieves inside a north suburban department store on Saturday afternoon.

According to Gurnee police, the officers responded to a stolen vehicle call in the 6100 block of Route 132 around 12:50 p.m.

The officers found the vehicle when they arrived, but no one was inside, according to police. They identified two suspects after reviewing security footage, which they later found inside a nearby department store.

Jasmyn Schiller and Lee Hernandez (Lake County sheriff’s office)

Jasmyn C. Schiller, 23, of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, was arrested without incident, according to police.

When officers approached the male suspect, 38-year-old Lee E. Hernandez, he began to flee after being told he was under arrest, according to police.

When officers apprehended the Beach Park resident, he allegedly began to resist arrest, prompting additional officers to be called in to assist in taking Hernandez into custody.

During the altercation, a 10-year police veteran suffered a broken ankle and was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center for treatment. According to police, a second officer was treated at the scene for a cut to his hand.

Hernandez was taken to Vista Medical Center East before being released and taken to the Gurnee Police Department. Officials said he was charged with reckless conduct causing great bodily harm and resisting a police officer.

Hernandez’s bond was set at $250,000 during a court hearing on Sunday.

Schiller also appeared in court on Sunday, where her bond was set at $1 million for possession of a stolen vehicle and an active arrest warrant in Wisconsin.

Three armed robberies were reported overnight in Hyde Park, according to the UCPD.

The University of Chicago Police Department issued a warning after three armed robberies were reported in Hyde Park early Sunday morning.

Two of them occurred around 2:30 a.m. at a gas station in the 5000 block of South Cornell Avenue, according to the notice.

According to the notice, in both of those cases, three or four people were involved and fled in a red Nissan after stealing property from people.

According to the notice, a person walking on the sidewalk in the 1400 block of East 52nd Street was struck by one person and robbed a little more than an hour later, around 3:40 a.m. They drove away in a red car.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating these incidents.

Owners and employees of a car dealership in Des Plaines were kidnapped, beaten, and burned for hours; two suspects are in custody.

Three Des Plaines car dealership employees were kidnapped, beaten, robbed, and burned last month by two suburban men.

George P. Athanasakos, 24, of Wood Dale, and Brandon D. Bratcher, 27, of Hanover Park, face three counts of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of armed robbery.

Bratcher was also charged with residential burglary on one count.

According to police, three victims, two men and one woman, were abducted from their car dealership at 622 E. Northwest Hwy. in Des Plaines on Feb. 10.

Two of the victims are dealership owners, and the third is an employee.

The victims, Anthanasakos and Batcher, were discovered to have known each other through the purchase and refurbishment of vehicles.

The victims and Bratcher were at the dealership when several masked offenders armed with rifles and handguns entered.

The perpetrators robbed the victims of their personal belongings before binding their hands and feet, covering their heads, and forcing them into a vehicle.

The victims were then transferred to another location where they were beaten repeatedly, burned with a hot object, and restrained all evening.

The victims were then driven back to the car dealership the next morning, where the offenders demanded a large sum of money and threatened them with violence if they did not pay, according to police.

One of the victims correctly identified Athanasakos and Bratcher as suspects in this case.

Des Plaines investigators apprehended Athanasakos in Palatine on Feb. 16. Des Plaines police arrested Bratcher in Arlington Heights on March 1.

Both suspects are being held in jail without bail.

According to police, the three victims were targeted, and there is no danger to the public.

A Chicago man has been charged in an East Side shooting.

A 20-year-old man was charged last month in connection with a shooting in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood.

Police say Thomas Olsen, of Chicago, was arrested on Thursday after being identified as the suspect who shot and injured a 31-year-old man on February 6 in the 10000 block of South Avenue North.

He was apprehended by the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in the 2400 block of South Commercial Avenue.

Today, Olsen was scheduled to appear in bond court.

He is charged with aggravated battery, a felony.

At this time, no additional information is available.

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