CHICAGO – A teenage suspect is in custody and police say he is responsible for the brazen killing of a city employee last month. The fatal shooting happened just two blocks from police headquarters and right outside a Starbucks.
“We have apprehended the juvenile offender who is responsible for taking Yvonne’s life,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced today at a news conference.
Police say the 16-year-old boy was a gang member who was on probation for multiple robberies committed with a BB Gun just last year.
On May 20th his path crossed with 49-year-old Yvonne Nelson.
The 14-year city employee had just bought a cup of coffee at the Starbucks two blocks away from police headquarters.
She stepped out of the shop’s front door near 35th and Michigan around 4 p.m. that day.
“At the same time, about a block away, our offender, now in custody, exited a car while armed with a 9 millimeter semi-automatic handgun, and started chasing his intended target,” CPD Chief of Detectives Gene Roy said today.
Police say the suspect was chasing a rival gang member, pulled his gun and began firing, eight shots in all.
“One of those shots striking, striking Yvonne and fatally wounding her,” Roy said.
Nelson was an innocent victim.
The intended target was a man in his 20s, who police say is a documented gang member. He was shot several times.
Police say business owners and residents came forward with information.
An arrest warrant was issued and today at 11:30 a.m. he was arrested in the 9600 block of South Wentworth.
Superintendent Johnson says this teen suspect shouldn’t have been on the street.
“By failing to serve sufficient penalties for their actions, violent offenders are only emboldened to continue their behavior and drive the unacceptable violence we’ve seen predominantly on the South and West sides of the city,” he said.
Superintendent Johnson says he’s working with lawmakers to try to stiffen penalties and ensure those convicted actually serve their sentences.
The suspect is charged with first degree murder, but is being charged as a juvenile. Authorities may attempt to have him tried as an adult because of the severity of the crime.