JOLIET, IL – A 17-year-old teen has been arrested charged as an adult on allegations of three counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery.
According to Joliet police reports, Jaquan Blalock of Markham, Illinois, was charged following a tragic event on May 30, where a 16-year-old boy suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene on South Joliet Street, as confirmed by the Will County Coroner’s Office.
After an intense investigation spearheaded by the Joliet Police Department, Blalock emerged as the primary suspect, ending with his arrest on November 2 by the combined efforts of the US Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Will County Fugitive Task Force. The arrest occurred without incident at a Hazel Crest residence, signaling the end of a search that had lasted since mid-September when detectives first secured the arrest warrant.
Police Chief Bill Evans has publicly extended his deepest sympathies to the victim’s loved ones, highlighting the case as a stark reminder of the pernicious cycle of violence affecting youth and the broader community.