By Liam Ford
3:34 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
A Southwest Side man has been charged in the 2009 death of a 16-year-old boy ejected from an SUV when it was rammed by a van during a chase, prosecutors said.
Hugo “Juicy” Ocon, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying June 18, 2009, of Andres Yanez. Ocon was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 following a hearing before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Laura Sullivan today.
Yanez was driving in the 6100 block of South Cicero Avenue about 7:30 p.m. that day when he passed a gas station where Ocon had parked his van, prosecutors said today. Ocon and his friends were flashing gang signs as Yanez passed, and when Yanez’s SUV passed, Ocon got into the driver’s seat and his friends got into the passenger seats of the van and started to chase the SUV, Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos told the court.
Yanez was in a black Oldsmobile Bravada SUV when it was rammed by a black Chevrolet van that had been chasing it north on Cicero, police said at the time. The van hit the SUV from behind, the vehicles separated, and the van rammed the SUV again on the driver’s side, causing it to flip over several times until it ended up in the southbound lanes of Cicero, prosecutors said.
Yanez was ejected and was run over by a car headed south on Cicero, prosecutors said.
Yanez did of multiple injuries stemming from the ejection, and his death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner's office determined.
Four other people -- all passengers in the Bravada -- were injured, one seriously.
Police did not indicate why Ocon, who served prison time following a 2006 burglary conviction, was arrested this week, other than that witnesses identified him as the driver of the van, and police were able to determine he was the registered owner of the van.
Cook County Assistant Public Defender Marijane Placek told the court that Ocon, of the 6300 block of South Komensky Avenue, supports a family by working at a sausage factory.
Yanez, of the 5500 block of South Sacramento Boulevard, had completed his freshman year at Gage Park High School just before the killing, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Public Schools said at the time.
Yanez's father, Francisco, a butcher and Mexican immigrant, had told his son to stay away from trouble.
"My advice wasn't heard," he said as he hugged his father and sister with tears in his eyes.
"Why?" asked Yanez's grandfather, Manuel. "Why didn't he listen?"
Just before he died, Yanez found out that he was going to be a father. He had survived a gunshot wound the year before, his family said.
The day after his death, Ariana Yanez said if her brother was having any problems, he would have told her.
She said some of her brother's friends were into gangs but he was not. "He used to talk about his friends being in gangs, how some wanted to change their lives," she said at the time.
Tribune reporter Jason Meisner contributed
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