Charges Upgraded To Murder For Bike Thief Who Fatally Beat Victim

CHICAGO (CBS) – Authorities have slapped murder charges against an 18-year-old Ford Heights man who allegedly beat a bicyclist who later died of his injuries, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

Ronald Wade had been charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm following the July 11 incident in Ford Heights. The charges have been upgraded to one count of first-degree felony-murder, one count of first-degree murder and one count of robbery.

Police say Wade attacked 48-year-old Fred Barnes during a fight over Barnes’ bike near the 1400 block of East 13th Place in Ford Heights. Barnes died at Stroger Hospital over the weekend as a result of his injuries.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives arrested Wade on July 12, and he admitted attacking the victim, the department said in a news release.

  • kapow!

    why are they going to let this guy out in ten years? If it were texas, they’d probably execute the littlw chite! Seriously, obviously, this kid has parental problems, and as soon as he gets out, they abusive behavior will continue and agitate him to do more crime!

  • Arjay

    Execute him! Don’t waste my tax dollars on housing him.

  • Tyrone

    This individual is a perfect example of the state of young men in the black community. Take a good close look at this guy’s mugshot, no remorse, no shame, nothing but arrogance. This guy looks proud of himself, almost like he is the baddest of em all. We all know what he really is. Sh!t !!!

    • Leroy Goldberg

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Jermain Williams

    This guy’s expression speaks for itself. Looking at this piece of garbage, makes me angry ! Arrogance !!

  • that's what he is....

    A N****R of course!!! Commit most of the crimes and contribute nothing ….than demand respect!!!! RIGHT!!!!

  • NWA

    Send him free. He is oppressed by the white man!


  • heirica

    whew thought it was chris brown again when i first looked at him

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