ROCKFORD – A Rockford couple and a Chicago woman are being held untied in DuPage County after being charged with murder during a Naperville man's death, the body of which was found in a bin.
Ernest Collins, 22, and his girlfriend, Cassandra Green, 21, and Collins & # 39; mother, Candice Jones, 38, accuse Michael Armendariz of death last year. 20. Armendariz was last seen on the evening of January 14, 2018 in Naperville.
His body was found on May 31 in a rubbish bin in Chicago after a neighbor reported smelling a fuzzy odor, according to the DuPage County authorities.
When the three appeared in the peasant court on Saturday, the DuPage County State Attorney's Office said in a press release that Armendariz received some sort of electronic announcement from Green shortly after. 21
She drove out of the party, and several minutes later, Collins emerged from a hiding place in the back and shot Armendariz twice in the head, police and prosecutors said. They drove to Jones & # 39; Chicago home where she allegedly helped them move Armendariz's body into the bin and placed it in the Jones garage. The box was eventually moved to the garage in a vacant home next to Jones & # 39; house.
No further information was provided, including a motive for the killing and how they knew Armendariz. Family members of Collins, Green and Jones could not be immediately reached for comments.
All three are accused of counting each first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and hidden death. Collins and Green are also accused of counting each of the built-in burglaries.
Collins and Green are accused of taking Armendariz's apartment keys and burglary into his home the day after the shooting, police said.
"I would like to commend the Naperville Police Department's Investigations Division, the Chicago Police Department, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office for all the hard work, who went into this case, which ultimately leads to justice for Michael and hopefully brings some closures to his family, "Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall said in the press release.
The three are detained in court for their arraignments on March 4.
Collins and Green were arrested on Monday in Rockford and Jones arrested Wednesday in Chicago.
"The study of the performance of an unsuspecting man is an excellent example of law enforcement agencies working together," State Attorney Robert Berlin said.
Berlin could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Winnebago County case law shows Collins is currently facing charges in several cases: a felony drug possession case, a traffic case where he is accused of driving without a registration light and a violation of the offense for having marijuana. He is back in a Winnebago County courtroom on March 5 in all three cases. This drug case is the only adult crime fee charged against Collins, the case law show.
Green's record shows that she paid a $ 120 fine after she was tickled off in 2015. A 2010 jaywalking traffic offense was rejected a few months later at a prosecutor's request showing Winnebago County Court records.
Jones, who previously lived in Rockford, was sentenced in 2007 to 12 months after the court oversight, after Loves Park police tickled her to drive an uninsured motor vehicle.
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