Cops: Two in custody in stabbing death of Chicago Heights teen
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org May 29, 2012 8:00PM
Updated: July 3, 2012 12:57PM
Two suspects are in custody in connection with the weekend stabbing death of a 17-year-old Chicago Heights boy, which is believed to be gang-related, police said Tuesday.
Rolando Picazo, 17, of the 300 block of Abbott Avenue, was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m. Sunday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was stabbed Saturday in the 300 block of East 25th Street, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Chicago Heights police Detective Sgt. Tom Rogers said two men were arrested Saturday night and the Cook County state’s attorney is reviewing the case.
Police said they initially responded Saturday to a 911 call of several gang members fighting at 26th and State streets. When they arrived, three people were waving them toward a green Buick Century with broken front and rear windows, police said. One man who had a cut above his eye was taken to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights and later was released.
Another vehicle involved in the incident, a green Chevrolet Tahoe, was found at 26th Street and Union Avenue, according to police. Picazo, whose Facebook account lists “street pharmacist” as one of his employers, was in the car, covered in blood and with stab wounds to his body.
He was taken to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights and later airlifted to Christ Medical Center.
Rogers said the killing was gang-related.