Chicago woman kidnapped, murdered Rockford car salesman during test drive: prosecutors

CHICAGO — When car salesman Crisóforo Osorio Gonzalez was found murdered in Chicago last month after going on a test drive with prospective customers at his Rockford car dealership, it made headline news.

This week, prosecutors charged a woman with kidnapping and murdering Gonzalez, a development that did not grab much media attention.

Rosie Chavez, 38, was on pretrial release for two cases—felony aggravated battery of a peace officer and misdemeanor retail theft—at the time of the murder, prosecutors said. She is the seventh person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago this year while on felon pretrial release.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Glenn-Sieger provided extensive details about the allegations during a detention hearing before Judge Charles Beach, but she offered no motive for the crime.

Glenn-Sieger said surveillance video showed Chavez and an accomplice arriving at Gonzalez’s dealership around 4:50 p.m. on February 9 in a stolen Kia bearing stolen license plates, according to a transcript of the hearing.

Around the same time, a second accomplice arrived in a stolen Honda bearing stolen plates, she said.

Glenn-Sieger said that Chavez, the first accomplice, and Gonzalez climbed into a red Ford Escape to go on a test drive. Chavez drove, the accomplice sat in the front passenger seat, and Gonzalez rode in the back.

Crisóforo Osorio Gonzalez and Rosie Chavez (Gun Violence Memorial, Chicago Police Department)

Glenn-Sieger said Chavez pulled over a short distance from the dealership and called the accomplice in the Honda, who pulled up next to them.

Surveillance video showed someone apparently trying to open the rear driver-side door as the SUV and Honda took off down the road together, Glenn-Sieger said.

After the Ford crashed into a sign on an entrance ramp to U.S. Highway 20, a witness reported seeing Gonzalez lying motionless on the side of the road as the Honda backed up to the SUV on the shoulder, according to Glenn-Sieger. The witness saw the Honda’s trunk open and close, and both cars left the scene.

Illinois State Police troopers eventually found the Ford abandoned in a traffic lane near I-294 and I-88. Investigators found three shell casings, zip ties, blood spatter, and a “blonde strand of hair attached to a piece of scalp, consistent with [Chavez’s] hairstyle,” said Glenn-Sieger.

Surveillance video showed Chavez and the first accomplice removing Gonzalez’s body from the Honda’s trunk in the 3600 block of West 26th Street about eight hours after he was abducted, Glenn-Sieger continued. He had been shot in the head and back. Marks on his wrists were consistent with being zip-tied, Glenn-Sieger said.

The stolen Kia that Chavez allegedly took to Rockford was abandoned at the dealership. According to Glenn-Sieger, police found a credit card belonging to the first accomplice inside the vehicle, along with a shell casing from the same firearm that ejected shell casings found with Gonzalez’s body.

Chavez’s phone location “consistently” tracked with critical events, hitting on towers in Rockford at the time of the kidnapping, at the site where the Ford was abandoned in Elk Grove Village, and where Gonzalez’s body was found, Glenn-Sieger claimed.

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Chavez’s previous felony convictions include a 1998 robbery for which she received a 14-year sentence and retail thefts in 2010 and 2014, according to Glenn-Sieger.

Denise Luna, the assistant public defender representing Chavez during the detention hearing, said Chavez lives with her husband and two teenage children. She has been an accountant at a relative’s income tax firm for 18 years and attends church weekly.

Luna argued against detaining Chavez, pointing to the fact that Glenn-Sieger provided no evidence that she pulled the trigger. The judge ruled in favor of the state, though, citing the state’s rule of accountability, which can make an individual responsible for the criminal actions of others.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others awaiting trial for a felony allegation. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “We haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people awaiting trial for felony allegations is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

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