Saturday, December 31, 2011

Murry and Smith Charged In The Hernández Carjacking Homicide In Waukegan

Kerwin Murry and Fredrick T. Smith

Carlos Hernández

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Hernández died after being shot by a suspect during the carjacking.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 31, 2011

Waukegan, Illinois - On Friday, Kerwin Murry, 22, and Fredrick T. Smith, 23, both who recently moved to Waukegan were charged with first-degree murder in connection with early Thursday's carjacking and homicide of Carlos Hernández, 44, of Waukegan at the 400 block of Hickory St. The criminal complaint states, that both Murry and Smith spotted a Cadillac with its motor running in a driveway. They forced themselves into the vehicle while armed to steal the auto and took the driver, Hernández with them. Hernández managed to struggle with the suspects and was shot several times in the stomach. The suspects then fled to the Lakeside Tower apartments where one of them lived.
Police responded about 6:08 a.m. to a 911 call and found Hernández shot on the sidewalk about two blocks from his driveway. Hernández was able to give a discription of the suspects to police before he died on route to the hospital. Police tracked the suspects to the apartment building where after a seven hour standoff were able to arrest three suspects. Smith was arrested with another suspect in an apartment and Murry attempted to elude police through a ventilation duct where he got stuck and a firefighters rescue team was able to get him out. Police recovered the alleged murder weapon from a nearby dumpster.
A third suspect has not been charged pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Waukegan police.
State records show, Smith was free on bond for a felony weapons violation in Cook County and Murry was on a juvenile parole for a robbery conviction.

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