CHICAGO (WLS) — A 25-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in the River North stabbing attack that killed 36-year-old Jeremy Walker after a road rage incident near Michigan Avenue on Tuesday night.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced the charges Friday afternoon.
Alan Perez will appear in bond court on Saturday, Brown said.
Police say the two drivers, Perez and Walker, got out of their cars at the intersection of Dearborn and Ohio around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Walker asked Perez, who was driving behind him, why he was honking his horn, a Brown said.
Perez then came out, armed with a knife, and stabbed Walker in the left side of his neck during the altercation, police said. He then drove away, according to CPD.
Brown said the day after the stabbing, police found Perez’s car parked in the 200 block of West 50th Place. After obtaining a search warrant and while searching the car, they came into contact with two passengers who were in the car at the time of the assault.
Passengers identified Perez as the driver, Brown said. He said Perez turned himself in to police on Thursday.
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Walker left after the attack and eventually signaled an officer for help near Ohio and Michigan Avenue. He was rushed to hospital, where he later died.
“He was just a big teddy bear,” his girlfriend Jessica Evans said. “The nicest person ever. But he also had a very protective side of his family and himself. And it’s just a shame things turned out the way they did.”
Walker’s family said he worked as a food delivery boy but was only days away from starting a new job as a bus driver. His sister said that while the arrest brings some comfort to her family, she is not bringing her brother back.
Walker is survived by his son.
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