Mundelein man charged with Murder for Hire plot

Above, Jonathan Velazquez of Mundelein is being charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill a witness in his pending trial for sex assault. – LCSO photo

by Long Hwa-shu

A Lake County Jail inmate, originally held on charges of criminal sexual assault, has been additionally charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill a witness in his pending trial.

While Velazquez was being held in jail on a $350,000 bond, he tried to hire a person to kill a witness in the case against him. – Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Jonathan Velazquez, 34, of the 100 block of Sandhurst Road, Mundelein, was arrested Dec. 25, 2015 by Mundelein police on one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of domestic battery, according to Deputy Police Chief Don Hansen.

Because it was a case of domestic violence, he declined to provide details as to where it happened or whether the victim was hospitalized except to say that Velazquez did not resist arrest.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, while Velazquez was being held in jail on a $350,000 bond, he tried to hire a person to kill a witness in the case against him. Neither the witness, nor the “hitman,” has been identified.

During the investigation of the murder for hire by the LCSO Gang Task Force, detectives found that Velazquez  had continued  to take steps to hire the hitman and even make “formal arrangements to pay more than $1,000 to an individual he believed was going to murder the witness.”

His plans fell through because his hitman was actually an informant working with detectives, said LCSO.  

Velazquez was subsequently charged with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation for murder. On Friday he was taken to bond court where his bail was set at $1 million. He is to appear July 9 for another hearing.

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