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Police: Escaped murder suspect with electronic monitoring recaptured

The man had fled days earlier while on electronic monitoring and pointed a gun at cops

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Madison County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office

By Paige Fry and William Lee
Chicago Tribune

MADISON COUNTY, Ohio — A Chicago murder suspect has been captured after he fled to Ohio while on electronic monitoring and then pulled a gun on police officers there, according to authorities.

The Madison County, Ohio, sheriff’s department confirmed Wednesday night that Juan Torkelson, 28, had been apprehended but provided no other details. It was unclear whether Torkelson will face criminal charges in Ohio and how that could affect his return to Illinois.

Torkelson had been placed on electronic monitoring June 25 after posting $10,000 bail on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges for a stabbing that killed Chicago graffiti artist Reinaldo Sanchez and injured three others in Portage Park last year, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

The office, which oversees the electronic monitoring program, said it was notified on Oct. 27 of a “possible unauthorized leave” for Torkelson. Local authorities were unable to locate him.

The next day, authorities said he pulled a handgun on two Madison County deputies during a traffic stop. The deputies heard a click from the weapon, but it didn’t fire, officials said.

The deputies took cover, and Torkelson fled. His car crashed, and he ran away, officials said.

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