CHICAGO — A man has been charged after a high-speed police chase of a SUV matching the description of a vehicle linked to the fatal shooting of a nurse in Little Village, according to police.
Armando Lopez, 19, was charged with aggravated fleeing of a police officer and ignoring two traffic control devices.
Prosecutors said Lopez was behind the wheel of a silver SUV, linked to Friday’s murder of registered nurse Frank Aguilar.
When police tried to pull Lopez over, they said he at first stopped, then took off, and lead them on high-speed chase to the South Side. The chase eventually ended in a crash at 75th Street and South Lafayette Avenue.
Lopez also faces misdemeanor counts of fleeing police and driving on a revoked license. Police said he was also cited three times for not stopping at a stop sign.
He has not been charged with involvement in the fatal shooting of Aguilar.
Family of Aguilar, outspoken since his murder, came to court Friday. It was revealed in court that Lopez was out on bond over a weapon’s case from February.
“He has to face the consequences of his actions,” Aguilar’s uncle Joshua Alcazar said. “He needs to confess to the individuals who were involved in the shooting because it wasn’t just him.”
Lopez’s attorney Sean Harrison has represented him on the previous weapons case and will now represent him on the current felony case. As of now, no other charges related to Aguilar’s murder have been filed.
“He has no prior convictions,” Harrison said. “We’re disappointed in the bond. It’s very surprising what the judge set the bond at.”