Bond was been denied Saturday for a man charged with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting an Elmhurst man who was walking his dog.
Alec Gonzales, 22, of the 600 block of South Berkley Avenue, Elmhurst, and the 8000 block of East Grandview Street, Mesa, Ariz., has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery—discharge of a firearm, both Class X felonies, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
He was taken into custody in Arizona June 25 and was held in the Maricopa County Jail awaiting extradition until Friday when investigators with the Elmhurst Police Department and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office brought him back to DuPage County.
On May 14 at about 8:52 p.m., the victim, Greg Caraballo, 55, was walking his dog when he was allegedly shot four times, twice in the flank and twice grazing his head. An investigation conducted by the Elmhurst police led to Gonzales as the shooter.
Gonzales allegedly shot at Caraballo eight times with a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, striking him four times. After shooting Caraballo, Gonzales fled the state for Arizona. On June 25, Gonzales was located and taken into custody in Mesa. That same day, DuPage County Judge Kavita Athanikar issued a $5 million full cash arrest warrant for Gonzales.
"This morning Mr. Gonzales found himself back in DuPage County charged with the attempt murder of an innocent man who was out enjoying a walk with his dog,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. "Violent, seemingly random crimes, such as alleged in this case, threaten the safety and security of the entire community which can last for years if left unsolved.
“Thanks to the truly outstanding work of the Elmhurst Police Department, Mr. Gonzales was identified as a suspect in this case and with assistance from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, brought back to DuPage County to face the charges against him.”
Gonzales’ next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 3, for arraignment.