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Shooter Boasted About 'Savage' South Loop Murder, Prosecutors Say

July 15, 2016 10:05am | Updated July 15, 2016 2:23pm
Norberto Frausto, 37, is charged with killing Sami Talab Salaymeh in the 2300 block of South Michigan Avenue.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A suburban man boasted about being "savage" after he murdered Sami Talab Salaymeh in the South Loop last month, prosecutors said Friday.

Norberto Frausto, 37, told police who arrested him on a warrant in Michigan July 8 that "they were lucky to have found him because he was on his way to Mexico," Assistant State's Attorney Liam Reardon said during a bond hearing Friday.

Frausto was extradited to Chicago, where he now faces a first-degree murder charge.

"You are a threat, and you are a flight risk," Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. said in court Friday. "You will be held without bail."

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According to prosecutors, Salaymeh was sitting in a pick-up truck with three friends at a red light near Michigan Avenue and 24th Street when a silver Saturn pulled up alongside the truck about 4 a.m. June 6.

That car was driven by a 23-year-old woman, prosecutors said. Frausto was a front-seat passenger, and two others sat in the back seat.

Frausto pulled a gun, reached his arm in front of the Saturn driver — and while holding the gun roughly 18 inches from the driver's face — fired eight shots toward the pick-up truck, Reardon said.

Frausto then slapped the Saturn driver on the back of her head and said, "Go, b----," before the woman drove off, prosecutors said.

Salaymeh was shot twice in his torso and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. A 23-year-old passenger in the pick-up truck was shot in her right leg and survived.

Frausto and his three companions would spend the next several hours driving around, prosecutors said. Frausto repeatedly racked the slide of his gun, boasted about the shooting and called himself "savage," according to Reardon.

At some point, Frausto collected expended shell casings and threw them away in an alley, prosecutors said. He also hid his gun under the roof of the Saturn before telling his companions that he'd have "one bullet for each of them" if they told anyone what he did, Reardon said.

Multiple witnesses identified Frausto as the shooter. He was arrested July 8 on a warrant in Michigan. Police on the scene found a handgun and loaded magazine in the bedroom where Frausto was staying, prosecutors said.

Frausto, of suburban Countryside, is charged with first-degree murder.

The man has previous convictions for aggravated DUI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, perjury, battery, manufacturing and delivering drugs, possession of marijuana and a gun case.

According to his public defender, Frausto worked as a sales representative and has two children, ages 8 and 18.

Salaymeh was the sixth homicide victim so far this year Downtown.

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