Wanted for 2 years, alleged gang member is arrested

By Angela Rozas
Tribune staff reporter
Published April 6, 2007, 7:53 PM CDT

An alleged member of a Chicago gang wanted for more than a year on charges including murder was arrested Thursday in Oswego, authorities said.

Juan Juarez, 31, was found on the 200 block of Hickory Street about 3:30 p.m. and was arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court. Juarez was indicted along with 15 other men in September 2005, accused of being a member of the Insane Deuces gang that led a racketeering enterprise, trafficked drugs and committed murders and attempted murders in Aurora in 2002 and 2003.

Fourteen of those indicted were arrested in 2005, but Juarez and Miguel Martinez, 25, eluded capture, Aurora police said. Martinez remains a fugitive, police said.

Juarez allegedly was part of a highly structured gang in which younger members were required to carry out criminal acts and older members did less work. Juarez is alleged to have been a "regional seat" in the organization, responsible for overseeing the factions of the gang in the suburbs, including Aurora and Elgin.

Juarez pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday and was ordered held without bail.