Public’s Help Sought in Search for Chicago Gang Fugitive

Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspected member of the Latin Kings street gang who is wanted for the June 2007 murder of a 14-year-old Chicago youth in an apparent gang-related incident.

SERGIO CORNEJO, age 19, whose last known address was 1418 West 50th Street in Chicago, is wanted by the FBI for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP), which is a felony offense. CORNEJO is believed to have fled the state in June of 2007 after being charged in Cook County Circuit Court with First Degree Murder. The murder charge stems from CORNEJO’s alleged involvement in the killing of Enrique Chavez, who was beaten to death by a mob after the vehicle in which he was riding crashed in the 4900 block of South Racine.

According to police reports, Chavez and two friends were driving in a mini van near 50th and Racine when they were apparently chased by suspected rival gang members in a second vehicle. The vehicle in which Chavez was riding flipped over and the three occupants attempted to flee the area on foot. Chavez was caught by a crowd of bystanders, including CORNEJO, and was brutally beaten and then shot to death in a vacant lot near the crash site. The other two occupants of the mini van escaped unharmed. Four others have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder.

CORNEJO, who also uses the alias of “Trigger”, is described as a Hispanic/male, 5’ 5” tall, 160 pounds, medium build, with black hair and brown eyes. He has two tattoos, one that says “Eva” on his lower right arm and a second that says “Sergio” on his lower left arm.

This case is being investigated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) which is comprised of FBI Special Agents, Detectives from the Chicago Police Department, and Investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police.

Anyone recognizing CORNEJO or having any information as to his current whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or any law enforcement agency.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Additional copies of the attached wanted flyer or the criminal complaint filed in this case are available from the Chicago FBI’s press office at (312) 829-1199.

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