A fourth suspect has been charged with murder in the 2010 stabbing death of a man in McKinley Park who was attacked along with a friend of his because the four thought they were rival gang members.
Gary Sams, 36, was ordered held without bail in a hearing before Cook County
Criminal Court Judge Edward Harmening midday today in the May 30, 2010 slaying
of Alan Oliva, 19, of Oak Lawn.
Bragging by Daniel Guerrero, 24, Pablo Colon, 22, and Marco Ramirez, 27, all
of Chicago, led to their being charged Sept. 11 with murder and aggravated
battery in Oliva’s slaying, and led police to Sams, of the 3200 block of South
Oliva was walking with a friend about 1 a.m. that day in the 3200 block of
South Ashland when several 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 of multiple stab wounds.
Oliva and his friend, 20, were walking in the 3300 block of Ashland Avenue,
after leaving a friend’s home in the area, when Sams, 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, knocking him to the ground and beating him,
prosecutors said. 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
Sams was taken into custody on Tuesday, and after he was read his
Constitutional rights, admitted to police that he went with other gang members
to confront Oliva and his friend, who they mistakenly thought were rival gang
members, according to court records. Sams admitted to being there to beat up
Oliva, and admitted kicking him while he was on the ground.