Father charged with trying to have witnesses against son killed
by KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter October 17, 2013 1:44PM
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:26AM
Euripides “Caca” Caguana was trying to help his teenage son beat a murder rap, the feds say.
But his alleged plot to pay a hitman to gun down two witnesses backfired, badly.
And instead of springing Travis Caguana from jail, the 59-year-old dad is now also locked up, facing a murder-for-hire case of his own.
That’s because the hitman the elder Caguana thought he was hiring was actually an undercover cop, according to court papers.
“We can do them both at the same time,” he allegedly told the ‘hitman’ during a secretly recorded meeting at Chase Park in Lake View on Wednesday morning.
When the undercover officer asked, “You want ‘em both dead?” Caguana replied, “Yup, I want both of them,” prosecutors say.
Worse still, when the officer repeated the offer, a clueless Euripides Caguana allegedly cautioned him, “Oh, don’t say that out loud.”
Arrested moments later, Euripides Caguana was ordered held in custody until at least next Wednesday by a federal judge on Thursday.
He was nabbed after a cooperating witness told the FBI that Euripides Caguana had called on Sunday, saying he wanted the two witnesses killed, according to a federal affidavit.
Introduced to the would-be hitman by the informant, Euripides Caguana agreed to pay $2,000 up front, plus a further $5,500 once the witnesses had been killed, it’s alleged. He handed the undercover officer photos of both witnesses, who he said he’d been following, the feds say.
Travis Caguana, 19, faces multiple murder counts in Cook County Circuit Court, stemming from the June 8, 2011 drive-by murder of Dante Smallwood, 18. Smallwood was gunned down by the younger Caguana in the 3400 block of West 79th, prosecutors say.