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Bad Tipper Accused Of Killing Car Wash Employee

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Marcus Gordon is charged with shooting and killing a car wash worker who accused him of being a bad tipper last year. (Credit: Chicago Police)

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UPDATED 03/28/11 1:10 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A customer shot and killed Humboldt Park neighborhood car wash worker, after the worker accused him of being a lousy tipper, prosecutors allege.

Marcus Gordon, 40, was denied bond Sunday by Judge James Brown, after prosecutors outlined how he allegedly murdered Cesar Rosales, 43, after an argument at the Citgo car wash at 1345 N. Pulaski Rd. on Aug. 6 of last year.

Gordon, of the 5200 block of West Ferdinand Street, took his black 2002 Toyota Camry to be washed around 5 p.m. but got in a fight with staff after they refused to dry his car because he had a reputation for not tipping, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Morgan Creppel said at the Sunday hearing.

Gordon, whose street name is “Shorty G,” left the car wash. But he returned 30 minutes later and shot Rosales in the chest, Creppel said. Rosales, of the 2200 block of North Kildare Avenue, died that day at Stroger Hospital.

Before he died, he “stumbled into the store and made a dying declaration that the guy they had fought with earlier came back for him, came back to kill him,” Creppel said.

Gordon was identified by several witnesses and was eventually arrested Friday morning on the 100 block of South Springfield Avenue after officers spotted him riding in a friend’s Ford Taurus, according to a police report.

He has several prior felony convictions, records show.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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