A teen accused of gunning down a 70-year-old Chicago lady throughout a botched carjacking can be being eyed in a violent crime spree previous to the slaying, police mentioned.
The suspect, recognized by CBS Chicago as Malique Lengthy, 17, and a second unidentified teen are accused within the caught-on-camera killing of Yvonne Ruzich as she sat outdoors the grocery retailer the place she labored on Aug. 16, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan mentioned Friday.
“Her life is tragically ended actually for no cause apart from a automotive right here,” Deenihan instructed reporters of the early morning assault outdoors Baltimore Meals and Liquor in Chicago’s South Aspect.
Lengthy and a second suspect had been recognized with the assistance of ideas from the group. The teenager appeared in court docket Saturday, the place he’s being charged as an grownup.
After capturing into Ruzich’s automotive, the suspects acquired again into their stolen automobile and drove as much as the retired metropolis sanitation employee’s automotive and fired a number of extra spherical earlier than driving off, Deenihan mentioned.
“I imply, it’s mindless,” Deenihan mentioned of the homicide of the girl generally known as “Grandma Jo” in her Hegewisch neighborhood. “There’s no cause to shoot somebody moreover the truth that she wouldn’t surrender her automotive in that fast of a fashion.”
A motive within the killing stays unclear, however Lengthy and his confederate had been in a stolen automotive and are believed to have been concerned in a number of carjackings previous to the slaying. Cops mentioned 4 stolen vehicles, together with one recovered in Indiana, could also be tied to the suspects, Deenihan mentioned.
Lengthy, who’s being held with out bail, has but to be charged in any of these alleged prior carjackings, CBS Chicago reported.
Lengthy, who has been charged with first-degree homicide as an grownup, has not given an announcement to detectives, Deenihan mentioned.
The footage launched by cops confirmed two suspects — one in all-black clothes and a second in a light-colored sweatshirt and light-weight pants.
Lengthy, who lives along with his mom, is predicted to return Tuesday, CBS Chicago reported. It’s unclear if he’s employed an legal professional who might communicate on his behalf.
No extra arrests had been made as of early Monday, Chicago police instructed The Put up.
“Detectives are nonetheless investigating,” Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli wrote in an e mail.
Investigators, nonetheless, mentioned they know the id of the second suspect concerned in Ruzich’s slaying, who might be even be charged as an grownup, Deenihan mentioned.
“We all know who we’re on the lookout for,” he mentioned Friday. “We’re assured that we’ll be capable of arrest them within the close to future.”