Murder charges have been filed against two men and a juvenile in last year’s slaying of a man found burned beyond recognition in a trash can in the Logan Square neighborhood.
Reynaldo Ocampo, 21, Alejandro Ocampo,
17 and Joseph Saleski, 24, were each charged with murder and aggravated
kidnapping for ransom. The Ocampos are related and live in the same home.
Rodolfo Hernandez-Bey, 39, was found around 9 p.m. on Nov. 6 last year in a
burning garbage can in the 3100 block of North Central Park Avenue. An autopsy
found that Hernandez-Bey, of the 6100 block of North Harding Avenue, died of
strangulation and his death was ruled a homicide.
The Ocampos live in the 5000 block of West 30th Street and Saleski in the
1900 Block of South 48th Court.
The prosecutor said the victim left his home and his wife on Nov. 6 and never
came back. The victim’s wife had gathered $23,000 cash and jewelry to meet their
ransom demands after her husband was kidnapped by the three and duct taped in a
“She was told she would see him and he’d be released’’ after the money was
given to them.
An investigation was launched and by February, a witness came forward and
told authorities that Saleski admitted to kidnapping the victim, strangling him,
and setting fire to him. He also allegedly told the witness
that he’d received $2,000 for those actions and was expecting to receive $10,000
more for it.
Police then discovered Saleski communicated with the Ocampos via cell phone
multiple times. The relatives were interviewed and then arrested.
The youngest defendant admitted to kidnapping the boy, putting him into the
van, and binding him with duct tape, while Reynaldo Ocampo admitted to being
present when the victim was pulled into the van and during the time he was in
the garage where he was held waiting for the ransom moneyprosecutor. A police report stated that Reynaldo Ocampo participating in the
kidnapping and in the murder of the victim.
Alejandro Ocampo has one pending unlawful use of a weapon charge and one
violation of bail bond, the prosecutor said. Reynaldo Ocampo was given 24 months
probation for an aggravated DUI conviction and has a 2010 conviction for a
battery, for which he received conditional discharge.
Reynaldo Ocampo also received boot camp for a residential burglary.
Saleski has four prior felony convictions – for an attempted burglary, two
burglaries, and one unlawful use of a weapon charge, the prosecutor said.
Saleski received 18 months for the attempted burglary, and a three year IDOC
sentence for each burglary conviction that would run concurrent with each other.
He was sentenced to two years in IDOC for the uuw that was also to be concurrent
with the two burglaries,