CHICAGO — An 18-year-old man on juvenile probation for gun possession gunned down a beloved Midway Airport employee after yelling gang slogans in December and carjacked another man at gunpoint this week, prosecutors said Friday.
The allegations emerged as officials laid out the allegations against Alonzo Rodriguez-Median during a detention hearing before Judge William Fahy at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Fahy jailed Rodriguez-Medina as a safety threat.
Johnny Huizar, 32, was driving home from work, still wearing his Southwest Airlines uniform, when someone shot him in the 6100 block of South Central Park around 8:51 p.m. on December 9.
“I turned around, looked at my brother, and he was standing outside of his car, holding onto the door and he was bleeding from his eye and his ear,” his sister, Brenda Huizar, told WGN after the shooting.
Some family members criticized the police department’s handling of the shooting, claiming officers were asking him too many questions.
As the investigation continued, police found surveillance video that would be critical in bringing charges.
The footage showed Rodriguez-Media and an accomplice leaving “a known gang-affiliated residence” just before the murder and walking toward the shooting scene, prosecutors said in a detention petition Friday.
Rodriguez-Medina and the other man yelled out their gang affiliation and shot Huizar several times, the petition continued. Huizar, whose injuries included a gunshot wound to the head, continued driving to his nearby home.
After the gunmen fled the shooting scene, another video showed Rodriguez-Medina changing clothes before returning to the alleged gang house, according to the petition.
Prosecutors said two Chicago police officers and Rodriguez-Medina’s probation officer recognized him from the videos.
Cops caught up with Rodriguez-Medina early Thursday morning after he and two accomplices carjacked a man in Brighton Park, said prosecutors.
The 39-year-old victim was in front of his home in the 4600 block of South Trumbull when the hijackers held him at gunpoint and took his 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, according to a Chicago Police Department report.
Guided by license plate reader technology, officers found the Jetta in the 1700 block of West 65th Street a few minutes later. Three men ran from the car, including Rodriguez-Medina, who was found in the back yard of a nearby home, the report said.
He “made admissions” to the hijacking and Huizar’s murder, prosecutors said in their detention petition.
They charged him with first-degree murder, aggravated vehicular hijacking while armed with a firearm, vehicular hijacking, armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated robbery, and unlawful vehicular invasion.