WHEATON – A 22-year-old Elmhurst man who allegedly fired an assault rifle at a man walking his dog, then fled to Arizona has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the May shooting.
Alec Gonzales is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery – discharge of a firearm.
At approximately 8:52 p.m. on May 14 at Van Buren Street and Linden Avenue it is alleged that Gonzales "personally discharged a firearm, a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, eight times in the direction of and striking the victim in the flank and grazed his scalp," according to the complaint filed on June 25 in DuPage County.
Gonzales was arrested on June 25 in Mesa, Ariz. and a $5 million full cash arrest warrant was issued.
Gonzales is currently in custody at the Maricopa County, Ariz. jail. Extradition proceedings are pending and he is expected to return to DuPage County in the near future.
“I would like to commend the Elmhurst Police Department, members of the MERIT task force, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the FBI Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force for their outstanding work and assistance in this investigation,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said.
“In the midst of a deadly pandemic, the identification and apprehension of a man who allegedly shot another man and then fled the state is a testament to the commitment to justice exhibited by all of those involved. Mr. Gonzales will now be brought back to DuPage County where he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas for her efforts these past several months in preparing a strong case against Mr. Gonzales.”