Source: 4 questioned in murder of Jhonny Guamán during Uptown robbery

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Update November 4 — Police today announced that the juvenile has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Jhonny Guamán during a robbery.

Update November 1 — No charges have been filed in this case. The individuals arrested in Oak Lawn have been charged with a series of robberies elsewhere in Chicago.

Four people, including at least one juvenile are being questioned about the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Jhonny Guamán during an apparent robbery attempt as Guamán walked from work in Uptown on Thursday afternoon, according to a source.

Chicago Police Department spokesman declined to confirm the information officially.

The suspects are believed to be responsible for a series of other crimes over the past few weeks, including an armed carjacking in the Loop on October 13.

Investigators suspect Guamán was shot when he struggled for control of his property with two offenders who got out of a Jeep and approached him with a firearm as he walked in the 900 block of West Belle Plaine around 2 p.m., the source said.

Guamán fought back, and one of the robbers — believed to be a juvenile — shot him in the chest. An ambulance transported Guamán to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

“He was an incredibly nice, hardworking young man that died way too young — he was only 20 years old,” wrote Toni Siprut in a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Guamán’s funeral expenses. “His family and his work family at Dog Haus Biergarten and Athenian Room will miss him dearly.”

Police recovered a black Jeep that the robbers are believed to have used in southwest suburban Oak Lawn. A firearm was inside the vehicle. Three suspects were also taken into custody in Oak Lawn, but it was unknown if they were with the vehicle when police found them.

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Chicago police believe the crew has committed a series of robberies and carjackings in the city during October — including the October 13 vehicular hijacking downtown.

In that case, a 42-year-old woman told police she was getting into her parked car when four or five men approached her with multiple firearms in the 700 block of South LaSalle around 1:45 p.m. She complied with their demands to turn over her 2013 Jeep Cherokee, which the offenders took from the scene.

It was not immediately clear if the woman’s Jeep is the same one that Oak Lawn authorities recovered.

This story is developing. CWBChicago will post an update as details develop.

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