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Warrant Issued for Gang Member in Palatine Township Murder

A first-degree murder arrest warrant has been issued for Wheeling resident Vidal Rodriguez, who is wanted in the murder that occurred in the apartment complex near the southeast corner of Lake-Cook Road and Route 53.

A no-bond first degree murder arrest warrant has been obtained by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department for Vidal Rodriguez, aka “Chi-Town”, of the 80 block of Carriage Hill Road in Wheeling, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday.

Rodriguez, 20, is wanted for an unprovoked murder that occurred on May 12 at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Whispering Winds apartment complex located near the southeast corner of Lake-Cook Road and IL Route 53 in Unincorporated Palatine Township.

At the time of the murder Rodriguez was armed with a .22 cal rifle and is still considered armed and extremely dangerous. He has previous arrests in his history and is a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples.

Rodriguez is believed to be with a girlfriend, Corina Velazquez-Gonzalez, 17, of Wheeling, who was reported missing by her mother about the same time as when the murder occurred.

A search to locate Rodriguez and Gonzalez continues, if anyone has any information about their whereabouts, they are asked to contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Police – Investigations Unit at 847-635-1188.

Cook County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to the individual who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Vidal Rodriguez.

-Submitted by Cook County Sheriff's Office

Craig Apelbaum May 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Lock him up and throw away the key.
Catherine May 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I hope they catch this vermin piece of crap. I wish they'd do more to get rid of these odious gangs in Palatine. I'm getting afraid to live there. Last night, someone broke out my car window. I live at Hicks and 53 and no longer feel safe with these gangs. Gang signs painted here and there. Used to be nice neighborhood til the you know whos move in.
Alejandro May 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
if this bitch is afraid to live there.. THEN MOVE THE FUCK OUT U DUMB BITCH

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