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Alleged gunman in UPS worker murder held without bond

Michael Sullivan daughter Latese Sullivan  |  Family photo

Michael Sullivan and daughter Latese Sullivan | Family photo

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Updated: December 17, 2013 6:10AM



A North Lawndale man was ordered held without bond Saturday for allegedly shooting a longtime UPS worker to death during an attempted robbery this week in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Derrick Williams, 20, of the 1600 block of South Spaulding, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle, according to police.

On Friday, Williams’ co-defendant, 16-year-old Rayshon Williams was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail for the crime.

The teen wasn’t the shooter in Tuesday night’s incident, but he grabbed and tried to stop Michael Sullivan in order to rob him, Cook County prosecutors said.

The two suspects were driving in a car when they spotted the 53-year-old Sullivan walking to the Green Line Pulaski station to take the train to his job at UPS, authorities said.

The teen got out of the car and grabbed Sullivan, who pulled away and kept walking in the 4200 block of West Lake Street, prosecutors said.

When the teen got back in the car, the older Williams got out and allegedly shot Sullivan in the face, causing him to fall down on his knees.

The crime was captured on video surveillance, prosecutors said.

The pair were arrested while allegedly driving a stolen car the next day. Prosecutors say police signaled for the car to pull over, but they drove off and deliberately crashed into a police car before being apprehended.

It is unclear whether the two males charged in the killing are related.

The teenager, of the 1900 block of South Millard, was currently on parole for a 2012 possession of a controlled substance charge, according to prosecutors.

Sullivan, of the 4300 block of West Maypole Avenue, had worked for UPS for 32 years, his family said.

“He worked hard for anything he had, so he wasn’t the type just to let you come and just take something from him,” Sullivan’s oldest daughter, Latoya Griffin, said outside of court Friday.

Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton, Safiya Merchant



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