“Substantial reward” for double-murder suspect who was on bail for reckless homicide, gun charges

Clarence Hebron | CPD

The FBI is now offering a “substantial reward” for information that leads authorities to Clarence Hebron, the man who’s accused of murdering two people late last month while he was on “affordable bail” for reckless homicide and two Class X felony gun cases.

Riverdale police said the Cook County States Attorney’s Office has approved an arrest warrant for Hebron on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the November 27 shooting deaths of Jessica Beal, 26, and her brother. And the FBI’s Chicago Field Office this morning announced a reward in the case.

Riverdale cops who responded to Beal’s home to investigate an open line on a 911 call saw a silver 2009 Dodge Caravan leaving the area. They tried to pull it over, but the driver sped away and managed to escape, the department said. The minivan was later ditched in suburban Calumet Park, according to Riverdale PD.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert across Chicagoland a few hours after the homicides as they searched for Jennifer Beal’s 1-year-old son. He was subsequently found safe.

But Hebron, 32, remains on the loose.

Tips regarding his whereabouts can be shared with Riverdale police at 708-841-2203 or the Chicago FBI Field Office at 312-421-6700.

Hebron is awaiting trial for allegedly killing a woman with his car as he fled from police in April 2019. At the time, he was already on bail for two separate counts of Class X armed habitual criminal, according to court records.

He had been held without bail since the woman’s death, but Cook County Judge Dennis Porter slashed his bail to $50,000 on each of the three cases over the summer, and Hebron went home by posting deposit bonds totaling just $15,000.

The armed habitual criminal charges stem from two separate incidents in early 2019. In one case, Chicago police and federal agents raided Hebron’s home and recovered a firearm, a source said. Hebron wasn’t home at the time, but his girlfriend and newborn baby were. Police eventually found him, and prosecutors charged him in the case.

Around the same time, cops allegedly found a gun in Hebron’s car after he crashed the vehicle while police followed him on the South Side. He got away, but officers later arrested him at work, according to CPD records. A judge released him on bail.

Just a couple of months later, Hebron again sped away from officers when they tried to stop him for a traffic violation in Englewood on the afternoon of April 18, 2019.

Prosecutors say he crashed his car into a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Dana Hubbard. She died a few days later.

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