2 Men Charged With Beating Homeless Man To Death In Belmont Cragin

(STMW) — Two men have been charged with beating a homeless man to death Wednesday night in the Northwest Side Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

Joaquin Clara, 51, was found dead about 9 p.m. in the 5900 block of West Fullerton, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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Rogelio Arroyo (left) and Thomas Ocasio | Chicago Police

An autopsy Friday found Clara suffered blunt-force injuries to his head, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled a homicide.

Rogelio Arroyo, a 31-year-old from the Galewood neighborhood, and Thomas Ocasio, a 46-year-old from the West Elsdon neighborhood, were both charged with a felony count of first-degree murder in connection to Clara’s death, police said.

Arroyo’s bond was set at $1 million at a court appearance Saturday, according to Cook County sheriff’s office records. His next court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

Ocasio’s bond was denied, according to sheriff’s office records. His next court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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