Duo who beat, robbed a man on Christmas morning recorded the attack on their phones: prosecutors

Elmer Escobar-Fuentes, left, and Brayan Sotelo (Chicago Police Department)

Update July 2, 2024: A third person, Denes Villareal, 19, has been charged in connection with this case. He faces counts of attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery, and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

CHICAGO — Two men viciously beat and robbed another man after he crashed his car in Little Village early on Christmas morning and recorded the attack on their cell phones, prosecutors said as they charged the pair with attempted murder and other felonies.

The 25-year-old crashed in the 2800 block of South Kostner around 4 a.m. and quickly found himself being chased on foot by Elmer Escobar-Fuentes and Brayan Sotelo, according to the allegations.

Both men punched, kicked, and stomped on the man while he was down, and Sotelo pistol-whipped him too, said prosecutors. A city surveillance camera recorded the entire attack. After beating the man, Escobar-Fuentes and Sotelo allegedly went through his pockets looking for valuables.

Officials said the victim spent a week in the hospital for treatment of multiple skull fractures. Doctors had to place a metal plate in his head.

Judge Susana Ortiz detained both men, calling the attack “brazen” and “severe violence.” The men “even recorded it on their cell phones like it was something to brag about,” Ortiz wrote in her detention orders.

Prosecutors charged both men with attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery, and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

In an unrelated development, public records show that the beating victim was murdered in Little Village earlier this year. 

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