Fifteen-year-old Alex Arellano was pummeled with baseball bats, run over by a car and shot in the head.
A pack of gang members even set the boy on fire in May 2009 because he refused to “throw up a crown” to support the Latin Kings, prosecutors have said.
Four people would be charged and convicted in the boy’s murder, officials said. But their alleged leader, 28-year-old Luis Macedo, remains at large. And on Thursday, FBI Director James B. Comey personally announced in Chicago that Macedo has been elevated to the FBI’s list of its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.”
FBI officials also announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
Macedo is believed to be either in the southern United States or Mexico. He is a Hispanic male, 5-feet-5, 130 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. His aliases have included “Ye-Ye,” Luis Macebo, Luis M. Macedo, Louis Macedo, Louis M. Macedo, Luis M. Maczdo and Luis M. Mercado. His tattoos include a crown on the left side of his neck, the words “so many” on the back of his neck, a five-point crown with the number 187 and an upside-down pitchfork on his right forearm, “86 – 05 R.I.P” and a cross with wings on the top of his left hand, and the word “Amor” with the word “Crown” tattooed on top of his right hand.
His last known address was in the 6200 block of West 90th Place in Oak Lawn.
Macedo faces first-degree murder charges in Cook County, as well as federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Comey acknowledged during a news conference that violent crime is a significant problem in Chicago, and he said he spoke with Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson about it Thursday.
“I think it’s an optimistic time in Chicago,” Comey said. “You’ve got great leadership in your police department.”