JOLIET, Ill. — Authorities have apprehended the teenage suspect involved in a murder case across state lines.
Emilio Aldape, an 18-year-old resident of Joliet, was arrested in South Bend, Indiana, following an intensive investigation. Aldape, who is accused of committing two counts of first-degree murder, now awaits trial after being held on a remarkable $5-million bond.
The tragic incident unfolded on June 6th when officers responded to reports of gunshots in Joliet’s 600 block of East Benton Street. Arriving at the scene, law enforcement found a 20-year-old male victim lying in the street, having suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Despite the immediate medical assistance provided by officers and Joliet Fire Department Paramedics, the victim was pronounced dead at Silver Cross Hospital.
Joliet Police Detectives swiftly launched an exhaustive investigation, treating the shooting as an isolated event. Their diligent efforts led them to identify Emilio Aldape as the prime suspect. On June 9th, a warrant was secured for Aldape’s arrest, charging him with two counts of first-degree murder. The presiding Will County Judge set an unprecedented $5 million bond.
Aldape was apprehended at a South Bend gas station by members of the US Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force July 5th. Aldape has since been transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.