Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Area 4 Homicide Investigation Cleared-Closed by Arrest & Prosecution of Taevon Abston


This is an Area 4 Detective Division Violent Crimes/Homicide Unit arrest of offender now identified as ABSTON, TAEVON.

This report is not to be read alone, but with all other reports filed with Records Division Number JE-136516

All information in this report is in-essence and not verbatim, unless otherwise noted.

This case has other RD associations in a vehicular hijacking and robbery offenses committed prior to this homicide, and multiple other RD and CB associations are referenced in the investigation section of this report.

R/Ds were assigned this investigation by the on-duty A/4 VC/Homicide Sgt. after notification by 011th District field unit with regards to a homicide at 725 N. Trumbull on Beat 1121. R/Ds relocated from the area to the scene.

The below account outlines the initial response and investigation findings of responding 011th District units.

Time: 5:46:51AM

Date: 09 February 2021

Beat of Assignment: 1112

Event#: 01755


Beat 1121 assigned to information sent by OEMC Z11 that dispatcher had received numerous calls of shots fired and a call of a person shot at Trumbull & Huron, and Chicago & Trumbull. Fire responding but caller hung-up.Then info said 700 N Trumbull by the lot.
1114 arrived and located the victim now identified as QUILES, GUILLERMO at 725 N. Trumbull.

Z11 then received a call of 6 shots fired, and a brief description of two males one with a black coat and one with the grey coat running towards Chicago Ave. 1102-S (SDSC) was able to determine from camera footage that these two individuals were not the offenders, as they were standing in the street and smoking when the shots were fired and were merely fleeing for safety.

Victim Quiles, Guillermo was transported in critical condition to Mt. Sinai Hospital.
After victim QUILES was transported by A64 to Sinai, 1102-S (SDSC) related to Beat 1114 that 8 rounds were heard by the shotspotter upon 1114’s investigative inquiry.
UCR changed from 041-A to 0110 at 08:06:30AM. Victim QUILES pronounced at 07:59AM. Victim QUILES assigned ME# 201-01-930


1121 - Paper

5420 - A/4 Violent Crimes/Homicide Sgt.

CFD: A64 and E44 assigned

1131 - Gammon - Star# 9694 (Req Officer - Body Removal)

A/4 Garcia - Star# 20584

M.E. Ferguson 83


R/Ds learned through investigation that the offender identified now as ABSTON, TAEVON was one of three offenders involved in a robbery pattern of Dunkin Donuts businesses, and a vehicular hijacking.

Investigation revealed that ABSTON was the offender in a robbery at 5:20AM on 09 Feb 2021 at 3310 W. Addison, followed by this homicide at 5:45AM at 725 N. Trumbull, followed by a 2nd armed robbery at 6:22PM at 5050 W. Grand Ave in Elmwood Park, Illinois across the street from the Beat 2512 boundary. The offender was then involved in a 3rd armed robbery at 5000 W. Irving Park Rd. at 10:13PM.

2502-S advised Z11 at 8:19:06AM on 09 Feb 2021 that a vehicle with Minnesota plate [redacted], grey Chevy Equinox with a lock on the drivers side door wanted in connection with this investigation was last seen in 025.

During the 1st Watch on 10 Feb 2021, 015th District SDSC (1502-S) notified units that a stolen dark red Toyota RAV 4 was spotted at 154 N. Laramie. POD footage showed two male offenders, one being ABSTON with the vehicle, and ABSTON was on-scene when units arrived. ABSTON attempted to flee on foot, but was arrested by pursuing units.

ABSTON was searched incident to arrest by arresting units, and units recovered a handgun on ABSTON’S person. A 9mm weapon with a flashlight attachment fell to the ground during the search at time of arrest. Also recovered was the key to the stolen Rav4.

ABSTON was then transported to Area 4 Detective HQ. R/Ds started the ERI in the interview room where ABSTON was taken prior to his being placed there upon his arrival at A/4. R/Ds then entered the interview room and identified themselves, and informed ABSTON of the nature of this interview. ABSTON was given a copy of CPD miranda rights and Miranda waiver form which R/Ds read out loud to ABSTON. ABSTON stated he understood his rights and chose to speak with R/Ds.

R/Ds learned through investigation that ABSTON and all other offenders in this case are members of the Beam Team street gang, a subset of the New Breeds gang. The New Breeds are an offshoot of the original BG's (Black Gangsters). The Black Gangsters are one of three factions of the BGD's (Black Gangster Disciples). Department intelligence records show that the other two factions are the GD's (Gangster Disciples) and the BD's (Black Disciples).
The New Breeds were founded in 1972 by offenders George Davis, Rodger Collins, Julius Davis, and Maurice Jackson in the boundaries of area 4.

Department records that were destroyed in accordance with Illinois records destruction laws, and multiple intelligence sources show that the New Breeds may have started as early as the 1950s as a gang called “The Goon Squad”, and were active into the 1960s. Illinois Circuit Court Archives may still hold investigative and historical intelligence value.

R/Ds learned of the identity of the 2nd ADULT offender, and the location of the stolen Equinox. ABSTON told R/Ds that the 2nd adult offender was the driver of the Equinox during the commission of this homicide, and some of the robberies. ABSTON identified a 3rd offender as being a JUVENILE, stating that the JUVENILE was the 2nd shooter at the homicide and 2nd gun offender during the hijacking of the Equinox and at the robberies.
R/Ds had the Equinox recovered on the 900 block of S. Central ave near where the 2nd adult offender lives.

R/Ds summoned the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Felony Review Unit who then responded to A/4.

Felony review released ABSTON’S adult co-arrestee without charges. ABSTON was charged with the offenses listed above in this report and transferred to the custody of the Cook County Sheriff at 26th & California. Bond court scheduled 12 Feb 2021 with Judge Arthur Wesley Willis. ABSTON held without bond.

Area 4 Homicide Investigation - Beat 1121, Victim Found Shot

Address: 725 N. Trumbull

Time: 5:46AM

Beat of Occurrence: 1121

Beat assigned: 1112

UCR: 041-A to 0110

RD# JE-136516

Event# 01755

A/4 Supervisor: 5420


This is an A/4 Violent Crimes/Homicide investigation. All information in this report is in-essence and not verbatim. This report should not be read alone, but with all other reports filed with Records Division Number JE-136516

R/Ds were assigned this investigation by the on-duty A/4 Violent Crimes Sgt upon notification from 011th District Bureau of Patrol Unit 1112.

R/Ds relocated from A/4 to the scene, and were met by on-scene units. R/Ds interviewed on-scene units, viewed the scene, and authorized the scene for processing by the Crimelab and Forensic Unit Evidence Technicians.

R/Ds learned the victim was found with one shot in the ear/head after 1112 responded to a call of shot spotter detection of shots fired. Victim is a 
53 year-old standing 5 foot 10 and 140lbs. 

R/Ds then relocated from the scene to Sinai hospital where victim was transported by CFD Ambulance 64, with E44 also assigned. R/Ds interviewed CFD medics from A44 and E44, as well as Mt. Sinai hospital ER personnel assigned to work on victim.

R/Ds then learned the victim was pronounced at Mt. Sinai. Victim assigned M.E.# 2021-01930

R/Ds were later notified by Beat 1131 2nd Watch that ET's had finished processing victim at Mt. Sinai, and R/Ds authorized body removal to Cook County M.E., and victim was scheduled for autopsy.

R/Ds relocated from A/4 to CCME where Dr. (Forensic Pathologist) related the findings to R/Ds. R/Ds summoned ETs to respond to photograph and inventory evidence. See Evidence Log and Investigation File Inventory. See morgue unit report for M.E. findings

Personnel Assigned:

1114 - Crime Scene with 1112.

Det. Assignment:

A/4 Det. Kennedy - Star# 1700

A/4 Garcia - Star# 20584

ET processed blood and bullet hole in building.

1131 2nd Watch assigned to victim at Sinai

Requesting Officer: Gammon 9654

M.E. Authorizing: 83 - Ferguson

This investigation continues open, in-progress.

Area 4 Death Investigation - CTA Blue Line

Early this morning, the CTA tweeted about an incident at the Forest Park Blue line stop.

What nobody knew was that this would turn-out to be a tragic morning. The responding officer thought he was going to a routine CTA disturbance like many CPD units get each day involving a person who had lost control of themselves and decided to do something about whatever the problem may have been. Here's what happened. This will be updated with investigation records giving more detail once the investigation is cleared and closed. 

Address: 530 S. Pulaski

Time: 5:30:53AM

Beat of Occurrence: 1132

Beat Assigned: 1134

UCR: 5078

RD# JE-142806


This is an Area 4 death investigation that occurred in the 011th District on Beat 1132 at 530 S. Pulaski (CTA Blue Line) Forest Park Branch.

This report should not be read alone, but in conjunction with all other reports filed with this RD#. All information in this report is in-essence and not verbatim unless otherwise noted.

R/Ds received this investigation after an 011th District field unit notified the area of a death on the tracks at 530 S. Pulaski Rd.

R/Ds relocated from the area to the noted address, and interviewed on-scene units, CTA personnel, and witnesses.

The below information pertains to the initial response investigation:

Beat 1134 was assigned by OEMC Z10 to a call of a battery in-progress at 530 S. Pulaski Rd. OEMC then received information that the battery in-progress was now a person with a knife, female offender w/ a knife threatening people and damaging car windows, and walking in and out of the station.

Beat 1134 arrived to find that the woman who was the subject of the two calls the 911 had thrown herself onto the tracks. CTA had already turned-off power at the time 1134 notified the zone at 5:35:22AM. 1134 immediately requested CFD EMS to respond.

1114 summoned 1120 for supervisory response at 5:43:35AM, and shortly after, notified Z11 that this may be a crime scene.

ET o/s at 6:58AM.


A/4 Kennedy - Star# 1700


R/Ds currently completing investigation. See investigation supplemental narrative and morgue unit report at conclusion of investigation.


Z11, A/4, 011 Desk, Crime Lab, Ops Command, News Affairs.

1134 - CW2 at 6:03:45AM for ET, but instructed to contact crimelab help desk first and then switch back to order ET.

ET req for photos of body and blood on the tracks, DNA samples of blood.

ET assignment slightly delayed due to change of watch.

1134 attempted body removal req at 6:44:47 prior to ET arrival stating Det approval. Req denied, unit instructed to wait until ET has completed processing.

5430 personally authorized body removal on CW2 6:45:42AM stating body was already bagged and ready to go, but that he only wanted some scene photos and items recovered.

1134 stated body was placed on platform from tracks.

Requesting Officer: Davis - Star# 10656

ME Martinez - 89

0649Hrs removal req completed

Governor Pritzker Declares ALL of Illinois a Disaster Area After Heavy Snowfall - Chicagoland Impact Report


WGN and ABC 7 Chicago are reporting various snow totals across the greater Chicagoland area, and Governor Pritzker has declared a disaster. The ABC 7 Chicago video below shows some of the impact on Metro Chicago.


WGN reports "Lake-effect snow slammed the Midway Airport area with 17.7 inches as of Tuesday morning. About 7.5 inches were reported at O’Hare Airport".

The National weather Service Chicago/Romeoville office reported a wide range of snow totals from this snowfall from Feb 15th to Feb 16th, 2021.

Transit Impact on Chicago Metro Area

The Chicago Transit Authority reported numerous delays, the purple and yellow lines were shut down, and the CTA's north/south Red Line suffered delays said to be significant. All of this due to what the CTA said were switching problems, and weather related issues. Adding to these delays was a death at the CTA Forest Park Branch of the Blue Line after a woman with a knife who was acting threatening and erratic per OEMC radio recordings from Zone-10, threw herself onto the tracks.

Today as of 2:34PM, these were the CTA train system status notifications at the CTA's official website

The CTA posted alerts for at least 25 bus routes, so you need to plan extra travel time today. The routes affected are listed below:

#9 Ashland Temporary Reroute at Ashland/89th - 9 Ashland buses are temporarily rerouted via Ashland, 87th, Western, 95th, and Ashland due to street blockage near Ashland/89th.

#59 59th/61st Temporary Reroute near 59th/Kilpatrick - 59 59th/61st buses are temporarily rerouted via 59th, Pulaski, 63rd, and Cicero, due to street blockage near 59th/Kilpatrick.

#87 87th Temporary Reroute near 87th/Damen - 87 87th buses are temporarily rerouted via 87th, Damen and into the terminal: due to street blockage near 87th/Damen.

                                                       Downtown/Lake Shore Drive buses:

143 Stockton/Michigan Express buses are temporarily rerouted via Michigan, Inner Lake Shore Drive, LaSalle and Stockton, due to winter weather.

Metra spokesperson Meg Reile issued a statement regarding Metra service. Metra Electric and Union Pacific North lines had delays due to vehicles that got stuck on the tracks. Metra's Union Pacific North experienced delays in Wilmette and Winthrop Harbor due to the same issues as the UP North. 

Several new photos of Metra trains operating after the storm were posted in a public facebook group by a Metra employee. That same employee also posted a photo showing how Metra was preparing in Elgin for their morning run.

According to the Chicago Tribune, "As of 9:15 a.m., more than 150 flights had been canceled at the city’s two airports. O’Hare International Airport had 82 cancellations to Midway Airport’s 73. O’Hare had an additional 105 delayed flights, while Midway counted only 3 delays. Most delays at O’Hare were no longer than 30 minutes."

The Chicago Police Department verified Twitter account had this from Feb 15th, 2021 at 10:09AM If you're driving in he mess left behind today, check your road conditions here at getaroundillinois.com, an official IDOT site.