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Two arrests in connection with Amadou Cisse murder, other incidents

Posted Nov. 29, 2007 at 10:46 a.m.

To: University Community
From: Rudolph Nimocks, Chief University Police Department
Subject: Two arrests in connection with Amadou Cisse murder, other incidents

I would like to let you know the Chicago Police Department announced an arrest Wednesday related to the Nov. 19 attempted robbery and fatal shooting of our graduate student, Amadou Cisse. Eric Walker, 16, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and one count of attempted armed robbery with a firearm in connection with Cisse’s death in an incident that occurred at 1:26 a.m. at 6120 S. Ellis Avenue.

He was also charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm in connection with the robbery of two women at 924 E. 57th St. at 1:15 a.m. that morning by an individual who said he had a weapon. A third incident, for which he was also charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm, occurred in connection with the robbery of a man in the 5300 block of S. Greenwood Avenue at about 1 a.m. that day.

This morning, a second person was charged in connection with related incidents on Nov. 19. Demetrius Warren, 17, was charged with two counts of armed robbery for the robbery of the two women on 57th St., and one count of armed robbery in connection with the robbery of the man on S. Greenwood Avenue. Additionally, Warren was charged with aggravated discharge of a weapon in connection with a fourth incident that morning at 12:33 a.m. at 6045 Woodlawn Avenue, in which a man was chased by an individual who fired a shot in his direction.

We thank the officers and detectives of the Chicago Police Department for their exceptional cooperation and assistance leading to these arrests. They were able to find a car fitting the description given by two robbery victims and which had been recorded on Medical Center cameras. University Police and Medical Center staff were able to locate this vehicle on Medical Center cameras that are deployed in the area of the robbery of the two students. This information, along with diligent work on the part of the Chicago Police Department, as well as the work of our own campus police offices led to these arrests. We are grateful to all involved.

Amadou Cisse was an exceptional young man, with much to contribute, and we are deeply saddened by his death.

We are also saddened for the other young persons involved in this case. We see too much violence against young people, in many cases committed by other young people. We must all think about ways to confront the causes of crime in addition to being diligent in our efforts to arrest the offenders and make our community as safe as possible.

Although this arrest has been made, we must not ignore our need to pay attention to our own safety. The University police are increasing patrols during the evening and nighttime hours. We have opened a new police substation at 61st and Drexel. But the job of safety also falls on all of us. We need to pay attention to our surroundings, to use caution when we go out, and also take advantage of the many protective services provided by the University.

Data about crimes on and around campus and within our neighborhood are available at http://commonsense.uchicago.edu/crime-info.html and http://www.chicagocrime.org. We will continue to post information about our safety efforts and information about safety resources to our web page at http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/07/071119.safety.msg.shtml.

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