Second teenager charged with murder of Yvonne Ruzich, 70, in Hegewisch carjacking attempt

CHICAGO (SCS) — A second suspect has been charged with the murder of Yvonne Ruzich, 70, who was killed during an attempted carjacking in the Hegewisch neighborhood last summer.

Chicago police say a 16-year-old boy was arrested by the Fugitive Arrest Unit Monday in Roseland, after being identified as the second suspect in the August 16, 2021 shooting death of Ruzich.

The boy, whose name has not been released due to his age, has been charged with one count of first degree murder.

Another teenager, 17-year-old Malique Long, was charged with first-degree murder in Ruzich’s death about two weeks after the shooting. He is being held without bail.

Police and prosecutors said Ruzich was parked outside of work at Baltimore Food, Deli and Liquor in the 13,300 block of South Baltimore Avenue around 4:30 a.m. on August 16, speaking to one of her sons through their car windows, when Long and another suspect pulled up in a 2009 Saturn Aura.

Long – dressed in black – and the second suspect – dressed in gray – exited the Saturn with guns drawn, prosecutors said.

The second suspect approached the area between Ruzich’s car and his stepson’s car with Long behind him, prosecutors said. The stepson saw the second suspect arrive with a gun and told Ruzich to leave, prosecutors said.

The second fired a bullet into Ruzich’s car. Ruzich then left, prosecutors said.

Meanwhile, a third unknown suspect exited the back of the Saturn and sat in the driver’s seat, while the second suspect moved into the back seat and Long climbed into the front passenger seat, prosecutors said. Ruzich’s car traveled half a block before crashing into a bike rack and the sidewalk, and the assailants again pulled up next to his car in the Saturn, prosecutors said.

This time, suspects fired at least seven shots from a different weapon into Ruzich’s car, and ShotSpotter documented a total of nine shots in the area, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Ruzich was found with four gunshot wounds to her body, including one in the middle of her right back. She was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Two different casings were found between the crime scenes. A second person, who has yet to be charged, can be seen filming Ruzich’s car once. Prosecutors believe, according to the casings, that Long fired at least seven shots at his car after his accident.

Prosecutors also charge Long with participating in a series of violent crimes in the Roseland area prior to the shooting, although he has not been charged with any of the other crimes.

They say it starts around 2 a.m. and ends just before 10 a.m., and there were seven casualties.

In one incident at 3 a.m. near 405 E. 110th St., prosecutors said Long and the other miner blocked someone and asked for their car, the Saturn Aura, then took off with the ‘Victim’s iPhone still inside tracking GPS.

Long and the other person were seen at a Citgo gas station at 11600 S. Michigan Ave. with an unidentified third person, who was watching their car as they picked up tobacco paper. Prosecutors say Long’s fingerprints are on the paper that was later found in the stolen car by police.

The purchase was caught on surveillance video. The gas station did not give the video to CBS 2, but the police viewed it.

The Saturn Aura and a Chevrolet Equinox that had also been stolen in a carjacking were both seen at the gas station, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the Chevy Equinox was hijacked at gunpoint at 2 a.m. that morning at 304 E. 117th St. and was traveling with the Saturn Aura shortly after the Saturn was reported .

The crime spree also involved the attempted carjacking of a Nissan Altima at 511 W. 109th St. at 2:25 a.m., prosecutors said. A suspect dressed in gray and another dressed in black ordered the two people in the Nissan out, but they drove off instead and the suspects fired at the car, prosecutors said.

At 2:37 a.m., two people in all black came and robbed a man at gunpoint at 57 W. 109th St. This victim turned over his keys and the suspects took his 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, which had its temporary ID card inside, prosecutors said. .

Prosecutors say the seventh and final victim was the victim of a carjacking just before 5 a.m. in the 11,200 block of South Vernon Avenue. The location of the other victims’ iPhones showed 1111 May St. in Hammond, Indiana, in the white Kia Sorrento belonging to the seventh victim. Prosecutors say relatives of Long live there.


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