Three men charged with murder in the 2010 stabbing death of a man in the McKinley Park neighborhood bragged about attacking the man and a friend of his because they thought the pair were rival gang members.
The bragging helped lead police to Pablo Colon, 22, Daniel Guerrero, 24, and
Marco Ramirez, 27, all of Chicago, who now face charges of murder and aggravated
battery in the slaying of Alan Oliva, 27, of Oak Lawn, on May 30, 2010.
Oliva was walking with a friend about 1 a.m. that day in the 3200 block of
South Ashland when three men came up to him and attacked him “without
Oliva was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital, where it was found he had
been stabbed twice, and he died there, police said. He died from multiple stab
wounds, the medical examiner’s office found following an autopsy.
Colon, of the 4700 block of South Latrobe Avenue, Guerrero, of the 3300 block
of South Ashland Avenue, and Ramirez, of the 4100 block of South Artesian
Avenue, were ordered held without bail following a hearing before Cook County
Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese.
Oliva and his friend, 20, were walking in the 3300 block of Ashland Avenue,
after leaving a friend’s home in the area, when Colon, Guerrero, Ramirez and
other members of the Satan Disciples street gang, came out from behind a
building. The gang members had seen that Oliva or his friend was
wearing a red shirt, thought they were members of a rival gang, and had lain in
wait for them.
Guerrero, who was armed with an aluminum baseball bat, went up to Oliva’s
friend and hit him with the bat, kniocking him to the ground and beating him. Ramirez and Colon began attacking Oliva, and the younger victim
was able to escape and run back to the home he and Oliva had been visiting and
call 911 from there.
Police arrived on scene and found Oliva had been beaten and stabbed, and his
cell phone taken. He was taken to Stroger, where he died.
After the attack, police were able to get a physical description of the
attackers from the other victim, and in October 2010, identified Guerrero as a
They also determined that Ramirez had had Oliva’s cell phone in his
possession for a time after the attack, but had buried it in a park near his
house to try to hide the theft.
Police were able to track down that Ramirez, Guerrero and Colon had all told
other people about beating up rival gang members, and they were identified in
photo and in-person lineups. On Sept. 11, they were arrested, and Ramirez
admitted to stabbing Oliva, while Colon admitted to taking part in the beating.