Slain Chicago cop's fiancee 'elated' at news of arrest - FOX 32 News Chicago

Slain Chicago cop's fiancee 'elated' at news of arrest

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Latrice Tucker, who was the fiancée of slain Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis, got a call late Friday from someone she hadn't heard from in a long time — police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

"I kept saying to myself, ‘This cannot be who I think it is,' " Tucker said Saturday at the 15th District police station, where Lewis worked. "And the news that he gave me left me speechless. Had me elated. Had me crying."

The news was that the police have arrested the third — and final — suspect in the Dec. 29, 2011, shooting death of Lewis at a convenience store on the West Side. Lewis was off-duty at the time, working a side job as a security guard.

Alexander Villa — a reputed gang member who was already being held at the Cook County Jail on unrelated reckless homicide and drug charges — was charged Friday with first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm in Lewis' death. Authorities said he was charged after being implicated by the other two men charged in the case — Edgardo Colon and Tyrone Clay, who were arrested on Jan. 7, 2012.

"We were fairly certain early on that Alexander Villa was responsible for the murder of Officer Lewis," Area North Cmdr. Gary Yamashiroya said. "Eventually, we were able to build a case that was strong enough to charge Mr. Villa."

At a preliminary court hearing Saturday, a judge ordered Villa, 25, of the 4500 block of West Altgeld St., held without bail.

Prosecutors said Villa was the gunman who hopped over the counter at M&M Quick Foods, 1201 N. Austin Blvd., and fired at Lewis during a holdup at the store.

Standing next to Tucker and Lewis' mother, Maxine Hooks, McCarthy said Saturday the killing of the off-duty cop was an "assassination" and that the charges bring "great satisfaction" to the police and to Lewis' friends and family.

"It's a measure of comfort to start to bring to justice the individuals who are involved in this case," the superintendent said.

"And, obviously, this is only the start of another process, which is now the prosecution of these individuals. Unfortunately, that will take a toll on all of us, especially the family."

The 6-foot-5-inch Lewis was 41 and had been a Chicago cop for eight years. He had proposed to Tucker, his girlfriend of 10 years, four days before his death — on Christmas Day.

Prosecutors said that, during the robbery, Villa and Clay fired shots and Colon was their lookout and getaway driver. They said Villa was armed with a TEC-9 and Clay with a 9mm semiautomatic.

Another store employee was wounded.

According to prosecutors, Clay and Villa took $700 from the case register, and Villa stole Lewis' gun, which the police have recovered.

Clay and Colon gave videotaped statements implicating themselves and Villa, according to prosecutors, who said Villa also made statements to the police implicating himself.

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