2 men detained after NW Side robbery, murder are released without being charged

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CHICAGO — Two men detained for questioning in connection with Friday’s robbery and murder of a 24-year-old father on the Northwest Side were released on Sunday without being charged.

Zet Rodriguez was walking to work when an armed man confronted him at the mouth of an alley in the 3900 block of North Pittsburgh around 7 a.m. Friday. Surveillance video showed the robber shooting Rodriguez in the chest. Rodriguez fell through an unlocked front gate and fell to the ground. The robber walked up and demanded his money, rifled through Rodriguez’s pockets, then ran from the scene.

Chicago police arrested two suspects after tracing the license plate of a suspected getaway vehicle to their mother, who lives in north suburban Gurnee, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

In a video of the robbery, the car believed to be registered to the suburban woman is seen slowly rolling out of an alley adjacent to the yard where Rodriguez lay mortally wounded. That’s the same alley where the robber first confronted Rodriguez.

CPD records shared with CWBChicago show police towed the car on Friday from the corner of State and Erie in River North.

By Sunday morning, though, both men were released without being charged as investigators continued to build a case.

The suburban woman’s car was also seen traveling with a recently hijacked car in Norridge before Rodriguez’s murder. That carjacking occurred in the 5000 block of West Addison around 4:34 a.m. Friday. A woman told police that a man displayed a gun and took her purse, phone, and GMC Terrain, a CPD report said. The last ping from Terrain’s GPS was in the 4200 block of North Harlem, relatively close to the murder scene, about 20 minutes before the shooting.

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