Chicago Police Arrest Two Offenders Linked to Separate Homicide on North and South Sides

Quick Work Leads to Charges in Homicide of 18 Year Old Victim and Double Homicide/Arson Victims


RIDLEY, Thadeus - 25Chicago Police announced today that they have arrested two offenders and helped bring closure to the families and friends of three victims killed in recent homicides on the North and South Sides.
“We want these cases to serve as a clear reminder to violent criminals that the Chicago Police and residents of this city will not tolerate brazen and senseless acts of violence,” said Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “Our officers and detectives exhibited remarkable dedication and diligence in order to quickly solve these cases. Their commitment exemplifies the professionalism these brave men and women consistently display on a daily basis,” McCarthy added.

Larry Luellen, 34, of the 400 block of Salem Square in Bolingbrook, Il.was charged with First Degree Murder in connection with a shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman in the 1100 block of N. Pulaski Av.

The teen was walking in the Humboldt Park neighborhood shortly after 7 p.m. on February 15 th when Luellen fired shots toward a rival gang member. A gunshot fatally struck the teen in the back.LUELLEN, Larry Jr. - 34
Chicago Police officers and detectives tirelessly worked several leads that ultimately led them to a West Side apartment in the 4700 block of W. Maypole Av. where they located Luellen.

Chicago Police also announced charges in an arson and double homicide in which a mother and daughter were found fatally stabbed in the bathroom of their burning apartment in the Chatham neighborhood.


Thadeus Ridley, 25, of the 2300 block of E. 70 th St. was charged with four felonies including two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Arson.

Chicago Police arrested Ridley after officers responded to a disturbance call at his South Shore apartment early yesterday. The responding officers learned key information linking the tenant to a double homicide and arson last Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters entered the burning Chatham apartment where they discovered the two women with multiple stab wounds.

Grand Crossing District (3 rd ) Beat Officers responded to a disturbance at an apartment in the 2300 block of E. 70 th St. shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday where they met the tenant, Ridley.
Ridley spontaneously told officers specific information regarding the stabbing deaths of the 43-year-old mother and 24-year-old daughter whose bodies were discovered Wednesday afternoon in the bathroom of a burning first floor apartment in the 8100 block of S. Maryland Av.

The officers transported Ridley to the Area South Detective Division, 727 E. 111 th St., where he was read his Miranda Rights and Detectives pieced together information linking Ridley to the double homicide.

Ridley is expected to appear in Bond Court today at 26 th & California.

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