A 23-year-old Chicago man who was on probation for a drug-related conviction has been charged with the killing of a taxi driver on the West Side on Thursday evening, police said.
Tyrese Bell was charged with killing Chinedu Madu, 51, on the 1200 block of South Albany Avenue, police said. He also was charged with several counts of aggravated battery to police officers after getting into an altercation in which he scratched, bit and fought with Chicago Police Department detectives. Police said Bell lived in the 1200 block of Albany where the shooting occurred.
In an interview with the Tribune, Madu’s wife said she was on the phone with her husband as he was taking a man from downtown Chicago to the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, though that man’s identity wasn’t clear.
Police believe that Bell shot and killed Chinedu in an attempted robbery around 8:45 p.m., just 15 minutes after Chinedu had promised to hurry home to his wife and their 5-year-old son.
Records show that Bell has been convicted at least five times since 2009.