CHICAGO (CBS) — A Berwyn man was being held without bond Sunday, accused of stabbing stabbing Humberto Guzman to death at a grocery store in the western suburb.
Guzman was a good Samaritan who tried to stop an attack on a teen at the store on Friday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Showers By Daybreak
Fernando Barrios is charged with first degree murder and attempted murder in two stabbings that took place inside and outside Valle’s Produce, 6323 W. Cermak Rd.
Berwyn Police said Barrios accused a teenage girl of cutting in line at the grocery store and stabbed Guzman to death Friday morning after the good Samaritan tried to intervene when the attacker began punching the girl and her mother.
Barrios appeared for a bond hearing on Saturday. Cook County prosecutors said he had entered the store at 10:14 a.m. Friday to buy a drink and was waiting in the checkout line near the front of the store when the 14-year-old girl approached the line.
Witnesses told Berwyn police the girl was visiting her mother, a cashier at Valle’s Produce, at 6323 W. Cermak Rd., on Friday morning, when she asked her mother the price of a bottle of water, according to Berwyn Police Chief Michael Cimaglia.
That’s when police say Barrios accused the girl of cutting in line and began swearing at her. Police said he then punched the girl several times in the face, and when her mother came out from behind the checkout counter to protect her, he punched the mother as well.READ MORE: Oak Lawn Woman Got Locked Out Of Her Facebook Business Account, And Even Facebook Can't Be Sure If The Email To Blame Was A Scam
Guzman, another customer, tried to intervene and protect the mother and daughter. Police said that’s when the attacker began walking towards the exit before suddenly stopping, pulling out a knife and attacking the good Samaritan, stabbing him several times in the chest and torso.
Guzman was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
Police say Barrios fled the store through the main entrance and ran east on Cermak Road. The cashier and several other people chased him into an alley to Cuyler Avenue where a second good Samaritan, who police identified as Kevin Landau, tried to stop him. Barrios is accused of stabbing him in the torso, and he was treated and released from Loyola University Medical Center.
Police said the attacker kept running south on Cuyler Avenue where officers saw him jump over a fence into a yard on the 2300 block of Cuyler Avenue. Police were able to arrest him without further incident.
The cashier, her daughter, and Landau all positively identified Barrios, and he admitted to both stabbings and identified a knife shown to him in the photograph as the one he had used, prosecutors said.
He was ordered held without bond on Saturday and is due back in court on Tuesday.MORE NEWS: They Had A Tough Year Of E-Learning, But Southland College Prep Seniors Have Now Racked Up More Than $50 Million In Combined Merit Scholarships
Guzman’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his wife and daughter.