Gunman who murdered man near Lightfoot home searched Google 50x for information about the crime: prosecutors

Javier Lebron, left, and Jesus Arce (Chicago Police Department, National Gun Violence Memorial)

CHICAGO — The man who murdered Jesus Arce near Lori Lightfoot’s home in April conducted 50 internet searches about the crime and admitted to his involvement in an email, officials say. Judge Antara Rivera detained 40-year-old Javier Lebron to await trial on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. 

Around 6:30 a.m. on April 13, Chicago Fire Department personnel responded to a call of a person down near a trash can and found Arce, 29, dead in an alley behind the 2600 block of North Sawyer. He had been shot in the back and leg.

Prosecutors now say Lebron shot Arce in a nearby park, and video puts him at the scene. Police had responded to calls of shots fired near the park about five hours before Arce was discovered. However, officers did not find any signs of trouble when they arrived.

When police arrested Lebron last week, he was carrying a backpack that contained a firearm, according to a CPD report. Ballistics testing has linked that gun to Arce’s murder, according to court filings.

Judge Rivera said Lebron “shot the defenseless victim while he was walking through the park” and pointed to the internet searches and alleged email confession as evidence supporting her decision to detain him.

Cook County Crime Stoppers had offered a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Arce’s killer.

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