Two Charged In Murder of Cook County Sheriff, Maywood Resident Cuauhtemoc Estrada
By Michael Romain
The Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire has reported that two Bellwood men have been ordered held without bail today and charged with the murder of Cook County Sheriff and Maywood resident Cuauhtemoc Estrada. Gage Thornton and Brandon Jackson, both 22, were at the latter’s home less than five hundred feet from the VFW where Estrada’s family was gathered to celebrate the holidays. According to reports, that’s where they made the decision to rob the festivities.
“The family of Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada were getting ready for a party at the hall, when the two men rushed the boyfriend of Estrada’s daughter as the young man was taking food out of a car.
“Armed with a .44-caliber gun, Jackson allegedly told the boyfriend, ‘Give it up, give it up,’ authorities said.
“Jackson is accused of going through the boyfriend’s pockets looking for money and told the boyfriend, ‘I ain’t f—— with you. Get naked. Get naked.’
“Estrada came out of the VFW, saw the commotion and asked what was happening.
“The boyfriend told Estrada the two men were trying to rob him.
“As Estrada pulled out his gun, Jackson allegedly shot Estrada once in the chest, killing him, authorities said.
“Several clues helped investigators nab both men quickly.
“Footprints in the snow led back to Jackson’s house. Jackson, who works at a moving company as well as a temp, was found to have a black ski mask in the back pocket of his jeans, and police found a distinctive jacket that Thornton, who works at a car wash, was wearing during the robbery in the home as well.
“The robbery was captured on video surveillance, and the red jacket with blue sleeves is seen on Thornton, authorities said.
“Also in the home was found an empty gun box with cartridges missing, authorities said.
“Thornton allegedly gave a video confession saying he and Jackson committed the robbery, authorities said.” VFP
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