Migrant sold crack to undercover Chicago cop in the Loop, prosecutors say; others charged with DUI, ID fraud

CHICAGO — It’s time for another “New Neighbor Update,” where we can catch up with some of Chicago’s newest residents and, it appears, newest drivers.

But first, say “Hello” to Yonaiker Materan. Or perhaps his name is Yoaiker Alexito Torrealba. It’s difficult to say. He’s been arrested under both names within the last month.

Most recently, prosecutors charged him with selling two baggies of crack to an undercover cop on Lower Wacker Drive at Michigan Avenue on March 10. The Chicago police arrest report documenting the arrest said he lives at the Standard Club migrant shelter, 320 South Plymouth. Judge Barbara Dawkins released him to await trial on the charge.

He was arrested at essentially the same location on February 23 under the second name. Two men told police that Torrealba (or Materan, perhaps) threw a brick and a rock. A CPD report said one man was struck in the head with the rock, and the other got hit in the elbow with the brick.

Yoaiker Alexito Torrealba or possibly Yonaiker Materan (Chicago Police Department)

Over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune discovered that migrants are driving vehicles without licenses. CWBChicago readers have known this for a while. Now that the corporate media has focused on the migrants-driving-cars narrative, we’ll move on to the next topic: migrants receiving DUIs.

One recent example is Leonel Perez Barrios, a 21-year-old Venezuelan arrested on March 9 in the 2100 block of South Kedzie. Chicago cops said they saw him run a red light while driving without headlights.

They pulled him over and saw “multiple” open bottles of Heineken in the rear passenger seat, another bottle of Heineken and a 16-ounce can of Heineken in the driver’s door, according to his arrest report.

A breathalyzer test performed an hour after his arrest revealed a blood alcohol level of .218, more than twice the legal limit, according to the report.

He’s charged with DUI, driving without a license, and felony criminal damage to government property. The latter charge stems from allegations that he pulled a fire sprinkler pin in the Ogden (10th) District police station, causing the arrest processing room to flood.

Judge William Fahy released him with a nighttime curfew.

Hernendez

Now, we’ve reported many times about migrants getting charged with possession of fraudulent identifications. Jeminson Jesus Garcia Hernendez joins that list today.

Cops struck up a conversation with him outside the Standard Club on the evening of March 9 because he was parked in a no-parking zone with a “loud sound” emitting from his vehicle, a CPD report said. The police took him in because, they claim, he didn’t have a driver’s license.

Despite being a “newly arrived migrant,” Garcia Hernandez had a U.S. Permanent Resident card that said he’s been here since 2022, according to the report. The card was fake, the cops say. The 32-year-old Venezuelan is also accused of possessing a Social Security card, which, oddly enough, also displayed an iStock watermark, suggesting that someone printed it out from an image found online.

Charged with two felony counts of possessing fraudulent ID, he was released from the station to await trial.

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