A Cook County judge on Saturday denied bail to a 25-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in connection with a road rage attack in which he allegedly stabbed a fellow driver in the neighborhood River North of Chicago.
Alan Perez, 25, was charged with allegedly stabbing Jeremy Walker, 36, on the first block of West Ohio Street on Tuesday night, police said. Prosecutors say Walker was following Perez’s vehicle, eventually cutting it off and Perez sounded the horn.
Both Perez and Walker exited their vehicles, with Walker unarmed and Perez possessing a knife. Walker tried to hold Perez back, but Perez stabbed him in the neck and then took off.
A day later, police made contact with Perez’s passengers, his wife and brother, as Perez fled to Indiana. Perez finally turned himself in on Thursday and gave police information about the crime as well as the knife. At Saturday’s hearing, the presiding judge told the courtroom that the road rage should have stopped at the horn.
Signs have been placed in the Chicago area, reminding drivers to keep their composure behind the wheel. Perez will be back in court on Tuesday.