November 21, 2006
JOLIET – A Will County jury has returned guilty verdicts against two men in connection with a Bolingbrook shooting two years ago.
Ricardo Lopez, 33, of the 100 block of Northridge Avenue, Bolingbrook, was found guilty of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Lopez tried to gun down a man who was involved in a relationship with his girlfriend on the night of Oct. 5, 2004.
Damian Greenwell, 30, of the 300 block of Pheasant Chase, Bolingbrook, was found guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm. Greenwell drove Lopez to the victim’s house in the 200 block of Valley Drive on the night of the shooting.
Lopez confronted Colon inside the house and shot him twice. He shot Colon a third time while the victim was running out his front door.
Colon suffered gunshot wounds to his stomach, left elbow and his back.
Lopez and Greenwell fled the scene and dumped their weapon, a .22-caliber revolver, in a Bolingbrook park.
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow praised Bolingbrook police for the department’s quick response to a report of shots fired.
Roughly 20 police officers immediately began combing the area in search of a red Ford pickup truck that sped from the house. Police arrested Lopez and Greenwell 10 minutes after the shooting. They also recovered the gun they used. The investigation was headed by Detective Dan Toomey.
“Bolingbrook police marshaled every available officer on the night of the shooting and armed them with the information they needed to find these shooters,” Glasgow said. “As a result of their quick action, the police took two dangerous men off the streets minutes after they committed the crime.”
He also credited Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael Fitzgerald and Chris Regis for their skilled prosecution.
“Their presentation of testimony and evidence left jurors no doubt as to who tried to kill Henry Colon,” Glasgow said.
The trial lasted a week and concluded late Monday. The jury deliberated for four hours before returning guilty verdicts against both defendants.
Lopez and Greenwell are scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 26 before Associate Judge Robert Livas.
Charles B. Pelkie
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