Two men still ‘persons of interest’ in Joliet murder: cops
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org June 21, 2013 10:49PM
Zeeshan N. Rashid
Updated: July 24, 2013 6:58AM
JOLIET — Two men remain “persons of interest” in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old man last weekend, according to police reports.
Police said Zeeshan Rashid, 19, and Ray Robinson, 20, have been questioned in the June 17 slaying of Adrian Resendiz, 18, and reports and evidence have been submitted to the Will County State’s Attorney’s office for review.
Neither man has been charged with Resendiz’s murder, but both are being held behind bars on other charges.
On June 12, a .40-caliber handgun and car were stolen during a break-in at the home of a Will County Correctional Officer in the New Fairfield subdivision, according to police reports.
When the car was pursued later that night by sheriff’s police, Rashid allegedly was seen jumping out of the vehicle before it was pulled over.
At 9:45 p.m. the next night, Rashid was seen walking into a back yard in the 600 block of Algonquin Street and shooting two men on a patio, according to sheriff’s reports.
A 19-year-old man was struck in the right hand and a 45-year-old man was shot three times in his right leg and twice in the left. Both victims survived the attack.
Around 5 a.m. Sunday shots were reported in the 100 block of Hobbs Avenue, but no one was there when officers arrived. Around 7:30 a.m. men arriving to rehab a vacant house nearby found Resendiz’s body near a garage off the alley between Hobbs and Baker avenues.
Police said Resendiz was listed in Joliet’s gang database as a gang associate.
After sheriff’s police requested the public’s help in arresting Rashid on aggravated battery charges Monday, Joliet police were tipped he was at an apartment in the 400 block of Hickory Street. A SWAT team went in to arrest him around 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Lt. Brian Dupuis said while Rashid was being questioned by detectives he admitted to two other attempted robberies. On June 15, he allegedly went up to a man in the parking lot of the El Rodeo Bar, 816 E. Jackson St., demanded money and took out a gun. The victim ran away and was not injured. The night after Resendiz’s body was found, Rashid also reportedly approached a car parked in the 300 block of North Hickory Street and knocked on the window.
“He put a handgun up to the window, but the man in the car put it into reverse and took off,” Dupuis said.
In addition to facing a $2 million bond on multiple counts of attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery, residential burglary, unlawful use of a weapon and unauthorized possession of a firearm, Rashid also is charged with violating his parole by the Department of Corrections for another robbery attempt.
In June 2011, Rashid and three others tried to rob a man filling up at Citgo, 212 S. Larkin Ave.
The victim got into his car before they could grab his wallet, but the four shattered his window with a rock and sprayed gasoline on the car. Rashid, who had previously been convicted of theft, was sentenced to two years behind bars. He was released on parole in January.
Robinson was paroled last month from the East Moline Correctional Center after serving half of a 4-year-sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced to a year in prison on a 2010 vandalism charge in Will County, according to the Department of Corrections.
Robinson was arrested Thursday in the 300 block of Youngs Avenue and questioned by detectives before being held in the county jail for violating parole conditions, according to reports.