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4 teens charged with murdering Chicago police officer

The four teens are being held without bail because the judge said prosecutors provided "a mountain of evidence" in the case.
Officer Areanah Preston
Posted at 3:47 PM, May 11, 2023

Four teenagers have been charged in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer who was slain last weekend as she was heading home from work, authorities said.

Nineteen-year-olds Joseph Brooks and Trevell Breeland, Jakwon Buchanan, 18, and a 16-year-old boy face charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the killing of Officer Aréanah Preston, 24.

The Chicago Police Department said Preston was fatally shot about 1:40 a.m. Saturday during a robbery spree.

The four teens were ordered held without bail Wednesday by Judge David Kelly, who said prosecutors had provided "a mountain of evidence" that the suspects had "engaged in a very violent crime spree."

After the bond hearing, Preston’s mother, Dionne Mhoon, said she was "heartbroken" and "full of anger."

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement commending police for swiftly apprehending the suspects.

"Their diligent efforts have removed violent, repeat offenders from our streets," Lightfoot said.

Cook County prosecutors said Preston was off duty and on her way home after her shift early Saturday on the city's South Side when the suspects passed her in a sedan, circled back and approached her as she stood in front of her house.

Residential surveillance video shows three people getting out of the sedan and running toward Preston, who was still in uniform, before several muzzle flashes are visible on video and she falls to the ground, according to court documents. The attackers ran back to the sedan before one person returned to grab Preston's gun, court documents allege.

Tyrone Pendarvis, the commander of the 5th District where Preston served, said the officer was a rising star whose death affected all who knew her.

"She will truly be missed," he said.

Preston worked for the department for just three years before her killing, according to department officials. 

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