Shots fired during Logan Square road rage altercation leads to attempted murder charge

Cesar Argumendo | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Attempted murder charges have been filed against a man who prosecutors say fired three shots into another driver’s car during a road rage altercation last month in Logan Square.

Cesar Barrera Argumendo, 42, was detained as a safety threat by Judge William Fahy this week.

Prosecutors told Fahy that Argumendo and a 37-year-old man became involved in a road rage altercation in the 2400 block of West Fullerton shortly after 6 a.m. on December 30.

Argumendo fired shots at the other man’s car, striking the passenger window three times, a Chicago Police Department arrest report said. No injuries were reported in the incident, which Fahy called a “random act of violence.”

Cops found two shell casings at the scene of the shooting. According to the prosecution’s detention petition, a surveillance camera recorded the incident, including footage of Argumendo’s van and license plate.

Detectives assembled a photo line-up that included Argumendo’s picture. Prosecutors said the victim picked him out as the shooter, and the investigators passed that information along with footage of the shooting to patrol officers.

On January 6, an officer recognized Argumendo as he drove the same minivan allegedly used by the shooter in the 3500 block of West Grand. They detained him for having expired plates and impounded his van.

The cops said they found one shell casing lodged between the van’s driver’s window and the door frame. It matched the two shell casings found at the shooting scene, according to prosecutors.

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