A 15-year-old teen wanted for the June murder of Eduardo Martinez, 50, of
Jackson, was arrested late last night in Springfield, Illinois.
Springfield Police stopped the teen, along with a group of people, around 11:30
last night. A routine check through N.C.I.C. (National Crime Information Center)
showed that the teen was wanted for murder in Jackson.
He was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Juvenile Center in
Springfield. He will be extradited back to Jackson as soon as possible to face
charges of Two Counts of Carjacking, Especially Aggravated Kidnapping,
Attempted Aggravated Robbery and Felony Murder.
On June 28 around 2:30 a.m., Jackson police received a call of a shooting. The
victim was identified as Eduardo Martinez. He was found sitting in his 1998
Dodge Caravan with multiple gunshot wounds. His van had crashed into a tree,
in the front yard of a house, at the intersection of E. Forest Avenue and Larimer
The investigation shows that Mr. Martinez and his nephew were at the BP at
1291 N. Highland Avenue. They went inside the business and when they came
out, the teen was in Martinez's van. He forced them at gunpoint to follow a dark-colored,
four-door, 1980's Mercury Grand Marquis, with about three people
inside. They turned south onto North Highland Avenue from the BP, east onto
East Forest Avenue and then north onto Melrose Street. He made Martinez drive
to the dead end of Melrose Street, and then demanded money. When Martinez
refused, the teen shot him, got into the vehicle with the other people and left.
Martinez drove back up Melrose Street, east onto East Forest Avenue and
crashed at the intersection of East Forest Avenue and Larimer Drive, where he