Rockford Fugitive Arrested

By: 23 News This Morning
By: 23 News This Morning

Police have captured a teenager wanted for the shooting death of a Rockford girl five months ago. 17-year-old Jesus “Chewy” Garcia, Jr., Rockford, was picked up in Willard, Ohio. Police officers of the Willard, Ohio Police Department and members of a U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force made the arrest. Garcia was wanted in connection with the shooting death of 14-year-old Alexandra Cervantes, Rockford.

Back on October 19th of last year, police say three girls were standing outside 511 Glendale Ave. in Rockford when a car with two or three men pulled up. The group was talking, and at some point, a gun went off. A bullet hit Cervantes in the chest. Police say the men in the car drove her to SwedishAmerican Hospital, dropped her off, and fled. She died as a result of her injuries.

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department investigated the event. They later issued a warrant for suspect Jesus “Chewy” Garcia, Jr. He is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and is held currently in Toledo, Ohio on a $500,000 bond. Detectives from Rockford are on the way to continue the investigation. Garcia will be extradited to Illinois within the next several days.

Police in Ohio credit the arrest to information supplied by Rockford Police Department detectives, and the Rockford Crimestoppers program.

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