Belvidere police release the name of the second suspect wanted in connection with a weekend murder.
Marco Hernandez is 19 years old. Investigators describe him as a known gang member. They believe he and 21-year-old Deontae Murray are responsible for killing 33-year-old Richard Herman.
UPDATED: 6:07 p.m.
A street gets shut down for hours and neighbors are on alert after police track a Belvidere murder suspect to Rockford. Rockford police thought they had the man cornered in a southeast side home. But after an eight hour long standoff they found out he left before they arrived.
Police held off going into a basement with what they believed to be an armed man until they had the right equipment. But that meant the neighbors who expected to start another work week instead found a very different situation.
"It's a big surprise when I come and look and the street is closed. And I said, what happen, what happened here," says Rosa Morales.
"When I saw it, I thought it was a murder," says Tom Detmer.
The murder that police were investigating actually happened the night before in the next town over in Belvidere. Police say Deontae Murray and another man shot and killed Richard Sherman, 33. They traced him to his aunt's house in the 2800 block of 20th Street behind the old Bob's Hardware. Family members say he came home around midnight and told them he was going to sleep in their basement. And everyone went to bed. A few hours later the police came and his family pointed them downstairs.
"We had to go under the assumption that he was down there, potentially he was armed and trying to enter a basement is very tactically difficult. The person in the basement has the advantage," says Lt. Pat Hoey, Rockford Police Department.
Rockford Police tried to send in it's bomb squad robot but it was too big. They decided to wait for another one to be brought in before risking any officers.
"We asked for assistance to bring a smaller robot, we sent that down in the basement with a camera did not see anybody. Then we sent the K-9 down. The K-9 did not alert anything so then we sent the SWAT team down and just confirmed there was no one in the basement," says Lt. Hoey.
Murray is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him you are asked to call police and not approach him. Another suspect only known now by the alias King Wacko is a 27-year-old Hispanic man who is 5'7", 150 pounds with black hair. Police ask if you know anything about this man please call as well.
According to police, Deontae Murray was not in the home on 20th Street in Rockford.
Police used a small robot with a camera to enter the basement after receiving no response from the suspect. After the robot found no signs of life, a K-9 was deployed along with SWAT team members. Murray was not located.
Police are considering Murray armed and dangerous and anyone with any information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call Belvidere Police at 815-544-2135, Rockford Police at 815-987-5824, or CrimeStoppers at 815-547-7867 (Belvidere) or 815-963-7867 (Rockford).
The lockdown at Nashold has been lifted.
Police arrived on the scene at 3:30 a.m. when the residents of the home told authorities Murray may be in the basement. Negotiators are trying to contact Murray, but are not receiving a response and there is a chance Murray is not even in the home.
Police are bringing in a small robot with a camera attached to see if Murray is inside. According to Rockford Police Lieutenant Patrick Hoey, they do not want to send in officers because if Murray is inside, he would have a tactical advantage.
Nearby Nashold Elementary School is on soft lockdown as a precaution. District 205 says there is no threat to students.
We will continue to update you with more information as we receive it.
Rockford and Belvidere Police are currently in negotiations with Murray, who is said to be inside a home in the 2800 block of 20th Street. The street has been closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The home in question reportedly belongs to a relative of Murray. Rockford Police Negotiators and SWAT personnel are trying to make contact with him, but he has not yet responded.
We have a crew on the scene and will update you with more information as we receive it.
A 21-year-old known gang member is wanted by Belvidere Police for a Sunday homicide.
Deontae Murray is wanted for first degree murder. He is a black male, 6'1", 210 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Police responded to the Shell gas station in the 1000 block of North State Street in Belvidere just after 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Witnesses told authorities four people got into a fight in the parking lot and one of those people pulled out a gun and shot another in the chest. Police say Murray and another unknown male ran away.
The victim, 33-year-old Richard Herman, was taken to SwedishAmerican Hospital in Belvidere where he later died.
The other person of interest in the case is known by the street name King Wacko and is described as a Hispanic male, 5'7", 150 pounds, with black hair.
Anyone with any information on the incident or the suspects' whereabouts is encouraged to call Belvidere Police at 815-544-2135 or Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867.
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