Double homicide suspect arrested in Rogers Park

DeJuan Pratt

By Steve Tabick

A suspect in a double homicide was arrested after returning from a Las Vegas vacation bought and paid for with credit cards allegedly stolen from the victims.

Here’s a story from Chicago Tribune:

“Chilling right now – at The Venetian Las Vegas,” DeJuan Pratt posted on his Facebook page Sunday afternoon, authorities say.

The next day, Chicago police arrested the 24-year-old at O’Hare International Airport as he returned from his Vegas trip. He was carrying credit cards from the victims of a double murder in a West Rogers Park  apartment, Cook County prosecutors charged. Pratt had moved in five days earlier with the two victims, Gary Brown, 64, and Chun Xiao Lee, 48.

Pratt was ordered held without bail today on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery and unlawful possession of a credit card in the slayings last month.  He was also charged with aggravated identity theft, identity theft between $2,000 and $10,000, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated arson.

Prosecutors said Brown and Lee had recently placed an ad on Craigslist for a third roommate to share their apartment in the 6400 block of North Sacramento Avenue. Detectives uncovered emails that show Pratt had moved in to the unit five days before the murders, according to prosecutors.

Police and firefighters were called to the third-floor apartment at about 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 28 after reports of a fire. Brown and Lee were found lying side-by-side on a bed, wrapped in blankets. Officers found a partially melted gasoline container on the kitchen floor.

Both victims had been repeatedly stabbed, Assistant State’s Atty. Jamie Santini said.


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