The Uber driver who fired at a man with a gun in Logan Square grabbed headlines this week, while two apparent murders captured less attention.
Resident Stabbed To Death In His Own Restaurant In Dispute Over Basement Key
Logan resident Hermenegildo Viochis, of the 3800 block of W. Diversey Ave., was stabbed to death last weekend in his Humboldt Park restaurant.
Vilchis, 50, was arguing with 51-year-old Anastacio Gonzales, of the 2600 block of W. Rice St., inside El Taco Naco in the early hours of April 19 when Gonzales apparently stabbed him in the chest and back with a butcher knife. According to the Chicago Tribune, Vilchis is the restaurant’s owner, and the fight started over a disagreement about a key to a basement room in the facility. The stabbing happened in front of Vilchis’ wife and 11-year-old daughter.
Vilchis was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center and later pronounced dead, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Prosecutors say Gonzales occasionally washed dishes and swept the restaurant floor, and that he had known Vilchis for years. His bail has been set at $1 million, and he faces counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery.
Woman Found Strangled In Logan Square
A woman was found dead with an electrical cord around her neck in the 2500 block of West Moffat St.
The 58-year-old woman, whose name was still being withheld at press time, was found dead about 5:45 p.m. on April 15. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled that the death, officially termed asphyxia from ligature strangulation, was a homicide.
Uber Driver Shoots Gunman On Milwaukee Avenue
An unnamed Uber driver shot 22-year-old Everardo Custodio several times in the 2900 block of N. Milwaukee Ave. when he spotted Custodio firing a pistol into crowd on a Logan Square sidewalk.
The driver, who has not been named, was parked nearby when he saw Custodio firing his gun. The driver fired six times with a shotgun, hitting Custodio in the shin, knee and lower back. No injuries to bystanders were reported, according to NBC Chicago.
Uber says in a statement that it will not comment on the shooting, except to say that Uber drivers are required to follow gun ownership laws and regulations. It is not clear where the Uber driver was keeping his shotgun. According to Illinois state law, a person with a concealed carry permit can carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle.
The driver will not be charged, prosecutors say, because he acted in self-defense. Custodio is being held on aggravated battery charges and was not given bail by Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas.
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