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Police ask help in murder case following spike in homicides last month

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Chicago Police report homicides were up in January and they're asking for help today finding the person responsible for one of those killings.

Alberto Quinto, 32, was shot and killed in Little Village on January 16. He was walking on the 4200 block of W. 26th St. at 1:30 p.m. when police say a man walked up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder. When Quinto turned around, he was shot.

Police don't have much in the way of a description of the suspect They know only that he is Hispanic and wore a dark jacket.

Because the murder happened in broad daylight, police are hoping someone saw something and will call with information. Investigators stress no detail should be considered too insignificant and if anyone saw anything unusual that day, they should call.

Area 4 detectives are in charge of the case. They can be reached at 312 746-8252.

Quinto was one of 28 people murdered in Chicago last month. In January of 2010, 22 people were killed.

Despite the increase in homicides, Police Supt. Jody Weis held a news conference yesterday to tout an overall crime drop of 10.6 percent this January as compared to last January.

Weis said criminal sexual assaults showed the greatest drop - 13 percent. Below are the numbers Weis released.

Violent Index Crime - down 10.2 percent

  • Homicide – up 27.3 percent
  • Criminal Sexual Assault – down 13.0 percent
  • Robbery – down 10.4 percent
  • Aggravated Assault – down 11.3 percent
  • Aggravated Battery – down 10.1 percent

Property Index Crime - down 10.7 percent

  • Burglary – down 6.0 percent
  • Theft – down 20.7 percent
  • Motor Vehicle Theft – up 21.8 percent
  • Arson – down 4.7 percent


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