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Three men accused of a double slaying over the weekend were under police surveillance at the time of the attack because they were suspects in at least 10 other drug-related killings, authorities said.
In the previous cases, none of the crew’s apparent victims survived. But on Saturday night one of three men whose throat was slashed in an Edgewater apartment during a phony drug deal survived long enough to alert neighbors, authorities said.
That led to a police chase that ended when the crew’s suspected ringleader was shot and killed by police, and the other two men were taken into custody.
On Monday, bond was denied for Augustin Toscano, 29, and Raul Segura-Rodriguez, 36, both charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, home invasion and aggravated battery.
One of the slain men was identified on Monday as Joel Diaz, 33, of the 5700 block of North Ridge Avenue. The identity of the second homicide victim had not been confirmed, while the surviving victim, who is 25, remained hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
Shortly before Saturday’s slayings, undercover officers followed a pickup truck belonging to Arturo Ibarra, 37, the crew’s suspected leader, to a CVS pharmacy, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said at Monday’s bond hearing.
Authorities said the suspects purchased rolls of duct tape and boxes of disposable mop cloths and drove to an apartment building in the 5800 block of North Winthrop Avenue to meet with the victims. Prosecutors said the crew wrapped the boxes of mop cloths with duct tape to make them look like packaged drugs.
Inside the fourth-floor apartment, the suspects robbed the other three men at gunpoint and tied their hands behind their backs with their own belts, authorities said. The crew then slashed the throats of all three victims and fled with bundles of cash, according to Santini.
The officers on stakeout watched the three men get back into Ibarra’s truck, Santini said. Meanwhile, neighbors called 911 after seeing the surviving victim come out of the apartment. An officer found the two dead men, and a call was put out to apprehend the suspects, Santini said.
A beat car stopped the pickup truck less than two blocks from the apartment, but the men inside opened fire, wounding one officer in the leg.
Ibarra then led police on a chase, “driving on sidewalks and striking other vehicles” until the truck crashed into a utility box at Devon and Greenview Avenues, Santini said. As police approached the vehicle, one of the occupants pointed a gun at an officer, who fatally shot Ibarra in the head, authorities said.
Inside the truck police found the phony drug packages, a bloody 6 1/2-inch knife, two handguns and six bundles of cash, Santini said.
No charges have been filed against Toscano or Segura in any other case, but law enforcement sources said their crew is believed to be responsible for at least three mass killings last year:
— In September, four men were shot in a drug-related attack in the West Lawn neighborhood. They were found face-down on a garage floor with their hands, feet and mouths bound with duct tape.
— In May, three men were found dead in a car left in an industrial area near 48th Place and Whipple Street. Two victims had been shot multiple times inside the car, while the third man was found in the trunk.
— In April, two brothers and a third man were found beaten and bound in a stolen car on the Southwest Side. Two of the bodies were found in the trunk, the other in the rear seat.
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