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Bad tipper accused of killing car wash worker

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

A car wash customer shot dead a Logan Square car wash worker who accused him of being a lousy tipper, prosecutors allege.

Marcus Gordon, 40, was denied bail Sunday by Judge James Brown after prosecutors outlined how he allegedly murdered Cesar Rosales, 43, after an argument at the Citgo car wash at 1345 N. Pulaski last Aug. 6.

Gordon, of the 5200 block of West Ferdinand, took his black 2002 Toyota Camry to be washed around 5 p.m. but got in a fight with staff after they refused to dry his car because he had a reputation for not tipping, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Morgan Creppel said.

Gordon, whose street name is “Shorty G,” left the car wash but returned 30 minutes later and shot Rosales in the chest, Creppel said. Rosales, of the 2200 block of North Kildare, died that day at Stroger Hospital.

Before he died, he “stumbled into the store and made a dying declaration that the guy they had fought with earlier came back for him, came back to kill him,” Creppel said.

Gordon was identified by several witnesses and was eventually arrested Friday morning on the 100 block of South Springfield after officers spotted him riding in a pal’s Ford Taurus, according to a police report.

He has several prior felony convictions, records show.

Rosales’ girlfriend, Luz Montanez, exclaimed “God is good!” when she learned Sunday that Gordon had been arrested and charged.

Rosales “lived for his eight children” who are aged 12 to 20 and live in his homeland of Guatemala, she said.

Rosales emigrated in 2001 and worked as a welder but took on extra work at the car wash so he could send money to Guatemala, she said.

“He worked for tips,” Montanez said. “There were no wages other than tips.”

Rosales had complained to her previously about a couple of difficult customers who refused to tip, she said.

“His family will be so happy to hear they have caught someone.”

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