Murder charge filed in stabbing that left driver dead in River North

Alan Saenz Perez | CPD

Prosecutors have charged a New City man with fatally stabbing another driver during an apparent road rage incident in River North this week, according to Chicago police.

Alan Saenz Perez, 25, is scheduled to appear in court Saturday afternoon for a bond hearing on a first-degree murder charge. He surrendered to Chicago police at Area Three headquarters, 2452 West Belmont, on Thursday.

Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses reported seeing two drivers get out of their cars and argue in the street near the intersection of Dearborn and Ohio. One of the men ultimately pulled out a knife and stabbed the other in the neck.

The injured man, 36-year-old Jeremy Walker, returned to his car and drove to the 600 block of North Michigan, where he sought assistance from Chicago police. He died at 7:25 p.m.

A witness saw Walker get out of his car and confront the other driver about honking, NBC Chicago reported. Three men exited the second car, and the drivers began fighting, with Walker eventually pinning the other man to the ground, according to the station.

But the man on the ground pulled out a knife and stabbed Walker, slicing a major artery in his neck.

The armed driver and his passengers returned to their car and fled the scene, but Chicago police quickly obtained its license plate from surveillance cameras and immediately began searching near the registered owner’s home for the vehicle and its driver.

More information about the allegations and the police investigation is expected to be revealed during the court hearing on Saturday afternoon.

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