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Chicago Gang Member Charged in Theft of Squad Car

Chicago Gang Member Charged in Theft of Squad Car

Hector Zuniga Jr. (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

June 07, 2010

COOK COUNTY, IL – Bond was set at $100,000 Saturday for a Chicago man charged with stealing a squad car from the officer attempting to stop him, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Saturday.

Hector Zuniga Jr., 20, of the 7200 block of South Harding Street, is charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, criminal damage to government property, aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen police vehicle, aggravated failure to obey an order to stop, possession of cannabis, as well as multiple traffic citations, including failure to stop at a stop sign, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance. He told police he is a member of the Satan Disciples street gang, according to police.

The incident happened at 5 p.m. Friday in an unincorporated area on the border of Stickney and Chicago’s southwest side. A Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officer attempted to stop Zuniga near the intersection of 47th and Leamington after observing Zuniga’s 1990 Jeep Cherokee roll through an intersection without stopping at a stop sign there.

Zuniga attempted to elude arrest by turning down several side streets before he sharply turned to the right and hit a stop sign at 47th and Kenneth. The officer pulled behind him, along with back-up support from a Chicago Police Officer, when Zuniga suddenly put his Jeep in reverse and slammed into the sheriff’s squad car, according to police. Zuniga then jumped from his vehicle and the officers pursued him on foot, according to police.

During that pursuit, Zuniga allegedly jumped one fence which collapsed under him, leaving him with cuts to his head, police said.The pursuing sheriff’s officer suffered a knee injury while jumping over another fence.

Zuniga ran through several yards and looped back to the original scene, where he allegedly jumped into the idling sheriff’s squad car and drove east on 47th Street. The Chicago officer returned to his vehicle and pursued Zuniga until he turned down an alley at Harding Street.

About halfway down the block, Zuniga stopped the sheriff’s squad and again allegedly attempted to flee on foot. A short distance later, he was stopped by that pursuing Chicago officer. Officers found six grams of marijuana in Zuniga’s pocket, police said.

The estimated time from the initial attempt to stop Zuniga to his arrest was five minutes.

His next court date is set for June 24 in the Bridgeview courthouse.


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    Ahi

    about 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    a waste of society's time, get rid of him.

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    snoopyg

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    I guess this idiot thought his gang affiliation would scare officers and they would release him. Such a dumb thought!

    Donna Green - West Memphis, AR

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    badge66

    about 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    Hopefully the court system doles out the maximum sentence for this idiot. A message has to be sent to the rest of the gang world that this will not be tolerated.

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    canemah

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    Proof, if any was needed, that gangs don't harvest from the deep end of the gene pool. Hope the injured officer is OK.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    The bad news is that Zuniga is still standing. Speedy recovery to the Deputy.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    He should have just driven himself to jail.......

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    Negotiator358_CC13

    about 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    Glad the dirt bag was caught, speedy recovery wishes to the deputy.

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4974 Comments

    Glad the pos was caught and all officers involved were ok, hope the officer heals up fast...

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    Perl

    about 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    Always expect the unexpected in this job! WOW! Good job guys!
    ~Wf

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    Cya.

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    Sheriff_1

    about 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Go for the max.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    51096 Comments

    No plea deal, give him the max. I wish a full and speedy recovery to the Sheriff's Officer.

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    bklyn

    about 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    so what are we looking at here ? 3 1/2 years ? The gang banger needs to be locked up for 20 !

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    43828 Comments

    What an upstanding citizen we seem to have here. Sounds like ADW should be added to his stellar performance list. What a low life. Put him away for good. I hope no Officers were hurt by this idiot.

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