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Man Charged In Chicago Lawn Murder

By Emily Morris | June 17, 2013 12:44pm
 Abel Ruiz, 21, of the 3600 block of West 57th Street.
Abel Ruiz, 21, of the 3600 block of West 57th Street.
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CHICAGO — A man has been charged with the murder of another man in Chicago Lawn, authorities said.

Abel Ruiz, 21, of the 3600 block of West 57th Street, was charged with first-degree murder, police said.

He's accused of killing Brandon Cage early Wednesday in the 3300 block of West 60th Street, authorities said.

Cage was standing with a group of people about 1:25 a.m. when a black Ford Taurus pulled up, police said last week.

Inside the Taurus was a female driver, another man and Ruiz, the Tribune reported.

Ruiz got out of the car with a gun, pointed it to the head of a man in Cage's group and told him to "throw down the fork," the Tribune reported. The man did, and then Ruiz asked the same of Cage, according to the Tribune.

Cage, a rival gang member, refused, and Ruiz began firing shots at him, the Tribune reported.

Cage was hit multiple times and was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center about 3 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. The shooter fled the scene, according to cops.

Cage was in his 30s, and his address was unknown, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Ruiz was arrested after being pulled over in the Taurus, the Tribune reported. The driver and other man in the car were questioned, but it was unclear if they were charged, according to the Tribune.

Cook County Judge James Brown ordered Ruiz held without bail during a hearing on Friday, according to the State's Attorney's Office.