Two Charged with Murder in North Park Shooting and Robbery

Luis Cano-Padilla

Two men have been charged with murder in regards to the fatal shooting of another man last year during an alleged drug robbery in the North Park neighborhood.

According to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, Luis Cano-Padilla is charged with first-degree murder and is accused of pulling the trigger in the Oct. 1, 2017 shooting death of 21-year-old Jose Rico.

Another man, 20-year-old Hernan Cortes, was also charged in regards to the shooting in July, according to Chicago police and Cook County court records.

Cano-Padilla was ordered held without bail during a hearing on Friday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse and Cortes was denied bail at a hearing on July 4, court records revealed.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini statement in court on Friday, Cano-Padilla is accused of shooting Rico in the head and chest and then going through Rico’s pockets as he lay dying shortly after midnight in the 5000 block of North Bernard.

Hernan Cortes

Rico, of the Albany Park neighborhood, was declared dead at the scene, according to police.

Before the shooting, Cano-Padilla and Cortes had talked about robbing Rico after setting up a meeting to buy marijuana from him, according to Santini. Both men were at the meeting when Rico was fatally shot and ran off with his property afterward.

Detectives investigating the shooting discovered that Chicago police officers had stopped Cortes shortly after, Santini said. Cortes, of the Albany Park neighborhood, was taken into custody on July 2.

Cortes told detectives about his and Cano-Padilla’s role in the shooting, according to Santini. Detectives then found more witnesses who heard Cano-Padilla discussing the shooting. Cano-Padillo told at least one of the witnesses not to talk about what they knew, Santini said.

Cortes pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and armed robbery during an Aug. 9 hearing at the courthouse, according to court records. Cano-Padilla was being held in custody on unrelated charges when he was charged with Rico’s killing.

Cortes was scheduled back in court on Sept. 13 and Cano-Padilla’s next court date was scheduled for Sept. 19.

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