PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. (STMW) – Two northwest suburban gang members were indicted Thursday on charges alleging they beat and shot at a man in plain view of students getting off a school bus last month.
Carlos Teran, 20, was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action, while Michael Bahena, 19, was charged with mob action for the Feb. 16 incident. A 15-year-old boy was also charged with mob action.
Police said all three are gang members.
On Thursday, both Teran and Bahena were indicted and an arraignment date was set for March 30, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
Just after 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, Prospect Height police were called to the 600 block of Piper Lane for shots fired and numerous people fighting. Officers from Prospect Heights, Mount Prospect and Wheeling responded.
By the time officers arrived, the offenders had fled, but witnesses said three young men were beating another man and several gunshots had been heard. A nearby school bus was discharging students, and they, along with several parents, witnessed the shooting, a release from police said.
The victim told police three offenders had flashed gang signs as they entered the development complex. When one said he didn’t belong to a gang, the three threw a beer can into his car and began to hit the victim.
He freed himself and was able to drive away, when one of the offenders fired shots at the victim’s vehicle. The victims and witnesses provided a description of the offenders.
Police searched the complex and found the three, who were arrested after a short foot pursuit. The gun was recovered at the scene, the release said.
Teran was ordered held on $35,000 bond on Feb. 17, while Bahena was ordered held on $20,000 at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.
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