CHICAGO – Officers assigned to the Chicago Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested a 28-year-old Peoria man for his involvement in a 2009 homicide that occurred on the city’s South Side.
Jesus Zuniga, 28, of the 700 block of E. Frye Avenue in Peoria, Illinois has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder. He is the third offender charged in this incident.
The incident occurred the evening of August 17, 2009 in the 9800 block of S. Ewing. The victim, a 24-year-old male, was a passenger in a vehicle travelling on Ewing Avenue. The victim and his companions drove past a group of males who were flashing gang signs and shouting gang slogans. Shortly thereafter, the victim and witnesses heard gun shots.
The victim, who was seated in the rear of the vehicle, reported to his companions that he had been shot in the back. The witnesses drove several blocks before they could summon assistance. The victim was transported to Christ Hospital but was later pronounced.
Shortly after the shooting occurred, Chicago Police issued a Community Alert with surveillance photos of the suspected offenders. On September 2, 2009, Juan Macias, 21, of the 10100 block of S. Avenue N was charged with one count of First Degree Murder. On January 31, 2010, Robert Schultz, 18, of the 9500 block of S. Avenue L was charged with one count of First Degree Murder.
The third offender, Jesus Zuniga, was placed into custody outside his Peoria home on Friday, January 18, 2013. Officers from the Fugitive Apprehension Unit transported him to Area South Bureau of Detectives and one count of First Degree Murder was approved this afternoon.
Zuniga is scheduled to appear at 26th and California on tomorrow’s date.