In a mindless killing, all captured on surveillance camera, a young couple were dragged out of car and shot after PR Day parade in Chicago on Juneteenth
Police in California have arrested the fugitive wanted for the brutal Chicago murders of Yasmin Perez, 25, and her boyfriend Gyovanni Arzuaga, 24, last month
Lorenzi, 34, is arrested on murder charges after a couple, who were dragged from car, beaten and shot after minor traffic accident in Chicago, died
The suspect was captured on surveillance video shooting the couple, execution style, after a group of people ambushed and dragged Perez and Arzuaga from their vehicle during Puerto Rican Day Parade in Chicago last month
Video posted on social media shows the couple dragged from their vehicle, stomped, shot and left lying in the street next to their car as the attackers ran off
Lorenzi who fled Chicago after the shooting on June 19, was arrested in San Diego on Friday
He is charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting extradition to Illinois to face charges for the murders of Gyovanni Arzuaga, after police said his shooting of Yasmin Perez could have been unintentional
Arzuaga died at the scene from injuries sustained in the ambush, Perez died in hospital from her injuries, three days later
Couple leave had 2 children, a toddler and a year-old baby
The man wanted in the fatal shooting of a Chicago couple at a Puerto Rican culture celebration has been arrested in California.
34-year-old Anthony Lorenzi is charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting extradition to Illinois, police in Chicago said Saturday, to face charges for the murders of Yasmin Perez, 25, and her boyfriend Gyovanni Arzuaga, 24.
Perez and Arzuaga died from injuries sustained during the brutal ambush on June 19, 2021.
Lorenzi was arrested Friday by U.S. marshals in the parking lot of an apartment complex in San Diego.
The attack unfolded during Chicago’s Puerto Rican Day parade, which Perez and Arzuaga participated in, flying a large Puerto Rican flag from their vehicle.
Horror moment Yasmin Perez and her boyfriend Gyovanni Arzuagae dragged out of car and shot after PR Day parade in Chicago on June 19, 2021
Perez and her boyfriend Gyovanny Arzuaga were celebrating after the Puerto Rican Day parade on the Juneteenth night in Chicago’s Humboldt Park when they were in some kind of car accident.
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown of the Chksgopu, said. Saturday that investigators learned that Lorenzi fled to San Diego the morning after Arzuaga and Perez were shot June 19 following the parade in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.
The previously planned celebration happened to fall on June 19 this year, which days earlier had been declared a federal holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S.
The motive in the attack remains unclear, police said that the couple were involved in a minor car crash of some kind, and that a crowd surrounded their vehicle and attacked them.
A video of the attack was posted on social media. the video of the shooting showed Perez being dragged by several people from a dark SUV with a Puerto Rican flag sticking out of a window.
Arzuaga, who was seen on the ground nearly covering her, was then shot in the head by a gunman in a white tank top. Arzuaga died of his injuries that night. Perez died of her injures three days later.
Lorenzi, a career criminal, is charged in Arzuaga’s death. Perez may have been shot accidentally in the neck by Arzuaga, police have said.
Lorenzi has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Arzuaga, but not Perez. Authorities revealed Saturday that it now appears Perez was unintentionally shot to death by her boyfriend during the frenzy that night.
“It’s more than likely the deceased individual that got executed did because they were in the front seat and they were the ones getting punched and kicked and pulled. So more than likely,” said Brian Deenihan, chief of detectives with the Chicago Police Department.
The handgun believed to have been used in Perez’s shooting death was found under Arzuaga’s body, police said.
“It happened extremely quickly. A minor traffic accident and there’s an immediate punching and kicking and pulling, and trying to harm these people inside the vehicle,” Deenihan said.
“Then this execution-style shots are fired into this individual’s head.”
Lorenzi allegedly shot Arzuaga several times, including once in the head.
“This individual in custody, Lorenzi, he is the one responsible for this death. He shoots the individual in the head several times while he is on his knees.
Other assailants swarmed the car and kicking and punching,” Chief Deenihan said.
The couple had two young children, a girl named Sofiya and Jaden, who turned a year at the end of last month, according to WFLD-TV.
‘They first met each other at a party and it was over with from there. They fell in love with each other and they spent years together. They made a family together,’ the couple’s friend Jae Pacheco told the station.
A GoFundMe campaign launched by friends to help support the couple’s young children, has raised $126,220 against of $10,000 goal
The attack which occurred around 9.15pm near the 3200 block of West Division in Humboldt Park, unfolded during Chicago’s Puerto Rican Day parade, which Perez and Arzuaga participated in, flying a large Puerto Rican flag from their vehicle.
It was one of the record murders that happened during a Juneteenth weekend of shocking violence in Chicago, with 38 shooting incidents, 54 shooting victims and eight murders from 6pm Friday to midnight on Sunday, according to police.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot had vowed to hunt down everyone involved in the ‘horrific’ shooting that left Perez and Arzuaga dead.
‘You know who you are. People know who you are,’ Lightfoot had said in a warning to the perpetrators.
Lorenzi is a career criminal who has been arrested nearly 30 times and convicted of seven violent crimes. Before the fatal shooting, he was most recently in trouble for a botched carjacking, according to police.
Mayor Lightfoot speculated that the attack ‘started with a car accident’ and vowed that the others involved in the attack would also be held accountable.
‘As you saw from the horrific video, it wasn’t just one person. There’s one person who dealt the fatal shot,’ the mayor said.
‘But there were others who were standing by who dragged that poor woman out of the car.
‘The man, [Arzuaga], who was killed literally used his body as a shield and paid for that with his life,’ the mayor said.
Police said tips and security video lead to the apprehension of Lorenzi.
Making the announcements Saturday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said “There is nowhere to run. There’s nowhere to hide. We will find you and bring you to justice,” Brown said.
Chicago police still have other people of interest in the crime, according to officials.