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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Teens Charged with First Degree Murder/Concealment of Homicide
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Michael Uplegger announced today that bond has been denied for two teens accused of murdering Luis Guerrero, 18, of West Chicago. Bakalis also set bond at $100,000 for a third individual involved in the case. The following individuals appeared at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge George Bakalis:
• Francisco Alvarado 18, (d.o.b. 10/13/1999) of West Chicago. Bond denied. Alvarado has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony) and one count of Concealment of a Homicidal Death (Class 3 Felony.)
• Tia Brewer 16, (d.o.b. 6/21/2002) of unincorporated Wheaton. Bond denied. Brewer has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony) and one count of Concealment of a Homicidal Death (Class 3 Felony.)
• Jesus Jurado Correa, 18 (d.o.b. 12/5/1999) of West Chicago, – bond set at $100,000 with 10% to apply. Correa has been charged with one count of Concealment of a Homicidal Death (Class 3 Felony.)
At approximately 11:30 a.m., August 14, 2018, while conducting a nearby training exercise, personnel with the West Chicago Fire Department observed a smoldering object located at 1325 Joliet Street. Upon inspection of the object, Fire personnel discovered the object to be a human body. Fire personnel immediately contacted the West Chicago Police Department who began an investigation into the matter with the assistance of the Major Crimes Task Force. The investigation led authorities to Alvarado, Brewer and Correa who were taken into custody the following day. It is alleged that at some point in time on August 14, Alvarado and Brewer arranged to meet Guerrero near the West Chicago Public Library. It is alleged that when they met, Alvarado approached Guerrero from behind and strangled him with a belt around his neck. It is further alleged that at this same time, Alvarado and Brewer stabbed Guerrero multiple times in the neck. It is alleged that the pair then put Guerrero in their Jeep Cherokee, traveled to the location on Joliet Street and removed Guerrero from the Jeep. It is alleged that the pair had contacted Correa and asked him to bring gasoline to the Joliet Street location. It is alleged that when Correa arrived at the site, he gave the gasoline to Alvarado and Brewer and left the scene. It is further alleged that Alvarado and Brewer then poured the gasoline on Guerrero and lit him on fire. It is alleged that while on fire, Guerrero got up and began to run away and that Alvarado and Brewer ran him over with their Jeep. It is further alleged that Alvarado and Brewer dragged Guerrero back to a fire pit at the location, re-lit him and placed a picnic table over him.
“I would first and foremost like to thank the West Chicago Police Department and the Major Crimes Task Force for their truly outstanding work in identifying and apprehending the suspects in this case," Berlin said. "The vicious brutality allegedly displayed by the defendants in this case is beyond imagination. I can’t begin to fathom the pain that Mr. Guerrero must have endured as his life was brutally taken from him. I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Mr. Guerrero’s surviving family and friends on the loss of Mr. Guerrero”
"I am extremely proud of the work exhibited by the West Chicago police officers assigned to this case as well as the Major Crimes Task Force," Uplegger said. “To go from having nothing on a gruesome murder to charges filed against suspects in the case within a twenty-four-hour period is proof of just how committed we all are in DuPage County to justice and protection of the public.”
All three defendants’ next court appearance is scheduled for September 13, 2018, for arraignment in front of Judge George Bakalis.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.