Aurora: Man Murders Brother

by Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

July 30, 2022

AURORA, IL – A Warrenville man has been charged in the shooting death of his brother during a heated argument in Aurora.

According to police, on July 25, 2022, 19-year-old Gabriel Garcia and his 21-year-old brother David were arguing when Gabriel allegedly brandished a handgun and shot David.

David was hit in the chest and was later pronounced dead.

Gabriel has been charged with first-degree murder and his bail has been set at $3 million.

Gabriel next court appearance is set for August 12, 2022.

Bolingbrook: Police Shoot Suspect Who Stabbed Man And Dog

By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times

July 23, 2022

BOLINGBROOK, IL – A man was shot and killed by police after allegedly stabbing a man and fatally stabbing a dog in Bolingbrook Friday.

According to Bolingbrook police, on Friday, around 3:30 pm, officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 500 block of Spruce Road.  On scene, officers encountered a male suspect who allegedly stabbed a male victim and dog.  Police were forced to shoot the suspect after he resisted arrest.

The suspect and victim were both taken to an area hospital where the suspect was pronounced dead.  The victim is listed in stable condition.

Chicago: Man Murdered With Hammer

by Gary Parker, The Chicago Times

April 27, 2022

CHICAGO – A Chicago man claims self-defense after allegedly bludgeoning a man to death with a hammer after they met at a local club.

According to Chicago police, Gregory Stamps, 31, of Englewood, was discovered sitting in the stairwell of his apartment building in the 7100 block of South Lowe Avenue with blood on his hands and clothes, along with a slick trail of blood leading to the rear entrance of the building.

Police officers searching in the rear of the building discovered David Castile, 42, splattered with blood next to the building’s garbage dumpster.  According to police, Castile died at a local hospital.

As Stamps was interviewed on scene by investigators, he claimed that he had fallen down the stairwell into the sticky blood smeared in the hallway which had coated his hands and clothes.  Later, Stamps allegedly confessed to the murder and claimed Castile tried to rape him in Stamps’ third floor apartment.

According to police, Stamps admitted bashing Castile in the head with the hammer while in Stamps’ bedroom.  Police later found a blood saturated mattress and splattered dripping blood on the walls.  Investigators also found a hammer coated in blood as well as Castile’s wallet on Stamps’ person.  Stamps declined to comment on how he allegedly came into possession of Castile’s wallet.

Stamps allegedly confessed to investigators that he met Castile in a local club and asked for a ride home after which Castile allegedly attempted to rape Stamps.  Stamps did not explain how a ride home from a stranger led to two men in a bedroom in third-floor apartment.

Investigators later reported that Stamps claimed to have dragged a still breathing yet bludgeoned Castile down three floors and into the building’s ally.  Stamps allegedly dumped the body by the dumpster as if he were taking out the trash.  At some point, Castile’s wallet was allegedly taken by Stamps.  Stamps also declined to comment on why he did not report the attempted rape and alleged act of self-defense.

According to the Cook County medical examiner, Castile’s hammered skull had up to 30 impact points with defensive wounds to his arms and hands.  Police have yet to confirm if Stamps had any visible wounds.

According to court records, Stamps is currently on parole for a 2013 attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery conviction.

According to Stamps attorney, Stamps is in the female hair and make-up products industry.

Stamps is currently being held without bail and is expected back in court on May 16.

Chicago: Pregnant Mom Shot Dead While Sitting Outside Her Home

By Judd Mustin, The Chicago Times

January 14, 2022

CHICAGO – A pregnant mother was shot to death by two gunmen while in a car parked outside her home.

According to Chicago police, Derricka Patrick, 29, was shot in a parked car outside her home Wednesday night around 7:00 p.m. in the 7400 block of South Vincennes Avenue.  Police reports indicate that Patrick was waiting in the car for her 15-year-old niece, who was picking up a cake inside the home, when gunshots rang out killing Patrick.  Patrick, and her unborn child, were later pronounced dead at University of Chicago Medical Center.

Investigators said the two gunmen were caught on surveillance cameras firing into Patrick’s cars.

“We have some video evidence that supports that two individuals did this and we need them identified. We haven’t pushed out any videos yet of those suspects. But we definitely need some help from the community” CPD said in a statement.

Police are asking for any information related to the shooting.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to cpdtip.com.

Chicago Man Steals $12,500 Necklace From Zevar Jewelers

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

January 6, 2022

Aaron Hicks | Photo: Orland Park Police

ORLAND PARK, IL — A Chicago man allegedly stole a $12,500 necklace from Zevar Jewelers in Orland Square Mall last June.

According to Orland Park police, on June 19, 2021, Zevar Jewelers reported that a male suspect nabbed a neckless.  Investigators discovered that the suspect allegedly cased the store before the robbery and returned on two other occasions to inspect the neckless.   On his third and final visit, the suspect gave a fake name and phone number and requested to inspect the neckless.  Upon placing the neckless around his neck, the suspect fled the mall in a Pontiac minivan.

According to Orland Park police, in cooperation with Norridge police, it was discovered that the suspect was involved in several jewelry store thefts in the Chicago area.  Norridge police assisted in identifying the suspect as 29-year-old Aaron Hicks of Chicago.

Chicago police reported that Hicks was taken into custody on December 24 and transported to Branch 1 Courthouse and held on a $20,000 bond.

Hicks is expected back in court on January 12.

Elmhurst: New Year’s Eve Bank Robbery

By The Chicago Times Staff

January 3, 2022

ELMHURST, IL – The FBI is searching for a bank robber who targeting a bank in Elmhurst on New Year’s Eve.

According to Elmhurst police, the robbery occurred at 3:13 p.m. at the Chase Bank at 163 N. York Road.

The FBI described the bank robber as a black man in his 40’s, about 5’8″ tall with a medium build.  The suspect was wearing dark shoes, a gray and black zip-up jacket, black beanie, gray/light wash jeans, blue surgical mask and sunglasses.

Tips can be reported at 1-800-CALL-FBI or tips@fbi.gov.