CHICAGO — A judge denied bond for the 19-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting of a nurse as he walked home from work in Little Village last month.
Armando Lopez was initially charged with aggravated fleeing of a police officer. On Wednesday, Chicago police charged Lopez with first-degree murder in the death of Frank Aguilar.
Aguilar, 32, was walking in the 3700 block of West 32nd Street around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. Police said a gray SUV drove by and someone in the vehicle fired a gun, hitting Aguilar in the chest. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Although Aguilar was wearing nursing scrubs, it’s suspected he was mistaken for a rival gang member. Aguilar was in the neighborhood at the time to visit family, and do his laundry.
Lopez has been in custody since Nov. 15 when he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase, which ended in a crash.
Prosecutors said Lopez was behind the wheel of a silver SUV, linked to the shooting. When police tried to pull Lopez over, they said he at first stopped, then took off, and lead them on high-speed chase to the South Side.
Police said Lopez was not the suspected shooter. Authorities are still searching for a juvenile who was with Lopez at the time of the murder.
Police credited the Little Village community for stepping up in a big way to help secure the charges against Lopez.
Lopez will be in court Thursday afternoon on the murder charge, and the Aguilar family plans to be there.