Jesus Sanchez Charged With First Degree Murder, First Degree Attempted Murder After Shooting, Killing On Pleasant Run Drive, Wheeling


Jesus Sanchez (law enforcement photo).

Jesus Sanchez, 18, of the 2000 block of West Nichols Road, in unincorporated Arlington Heights, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and first degree murder after he attempted to commit a gang-related hit in the block of 400 Pleasant Run Drive, Wheeling, but instead shot and killed the wrong person.

Police learned Jesus Sanchez was trying to kill a 15-year-old boy who had left his gang to join a rival group. Somehow he mistakenly shot Rafael Orozco, 23, who was walking his dog near his home at the Winetree Apartments about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday May 1, 2013. Orozco was not involved in any gang activity.

Bond was set at $2 million. He must post$200,000 cash as bond.

Collin Scheffler, 19, of the 0-100 block of Countryside Lane in Prospect Heights, was also charged with attempted first-degree murder and first degree murder for his role as the driver of Jesus Sanchezto the scene just before Sanchez fired the shot that killed Orozco.

Scheffler’s bond was set at $500,000. He must post $50,000 bond.

Collin Scheffler (law enforcement photo).

Earlier Wednesday May 1, 2013, Sanchez and other gang members confronted the 15-year-old after he got off a school bus. The offenders punched and kicked him until the altercation was broken up. A second confrontation between rival gang members occurred later that day, but the groups separated after someone threatened to call police, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney David Weiner.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sanchez and two others met up with Scheffler, who drove them to the Winetree Apartments and dropped off Sanchez.

Sanchez tried to ambush the 15-year-old intended target who was standing in a group where Orozco was also standing. Sanchez opened fire with four to six shots, and one of the bullets struck Orozco in the back and exited his chest. Orozco collapsed from the gunshot wound.

Sanchez fled in Scheffler’s car and dumped the gun. He returned to the shooting scene a short time later to retrieve his own vehicle near the crime scene. Rival gang members spotted him and chased him in the direction of police officers who had responded to the shooting.

During investigation of the shooting, Sanchez and Scheffler gave videotaped statements admitting to their roles in Orozco’s murder.Sanchez also tested positive for gunshot residue, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney David Weiner.

Get updates from The Cardinal CRIME BLOG ‘Plus’ on Facebook. Just ‘LIKE’ the ‘Arlington Cardinal Crime & Forensics’ Page (become a fan of our page). The updates cover all posts in the 24/7 Crime Alerts! and sub-categories. See all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages at …

Search Amazon …

Search for products sold on Amazon: is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at


  1. you guys make me sick! Blaming two innocent guys who never did anything! Like if you didn’t have a family. Detectives need to do their job not blame others for something someone else and cant find them rather be sitting there doing nothing. This Country is trash.

  2. Too bad Illinois did away with the death penalty, because these 2 punks deserve it!
    Deport Jesus butt back to Mexico, he is an ILLEGAL! WE DON’T WANT HIM HERE!

    BTW: Jannely If you are that unhappy with America, THAN GET OUT!

  3. Now who are you, A PROUD AMERICAN, to say that? You are NOT God therefore you cannot judge.
    & who’s we? How do you know that he is illegal? Just because he is Mexican DOES NOT mean he is illegal. Stop being so judgmental, that will get you no where in life. Plus,if you’re not happy with the way this country is turning out than YOU GET OUT.

  4. Maybe you should educate yourself before opening your mouth!

    1stJesus Sanchez is in FACT an Illegal Alien!

    2nd Court records show that he failed a gun powdered residue test.

    3rd Eye witnesses have ID’d him at the scene.

    4th He admitted that he fired the shots!

    5th His partner in crime has ratted in out as well.

    But hey don’t let the fact get in your way!

  5. Excuse me? Educate myself first before opening my mouth. I am at least more educated then you in some aspect.
    How is he in fact an illegal alien? And why would you capitalize illegal alien? That is not the beginning of a sentence or a proper noun. Clearly, I seem to have more education than you.
    And okay perhaps he did it, according to the newspapers. Still doesn’t give you a right to judge a person by their color.
    Why do you even care anyways if he did it or not?

Comments are closed.