UPDATE: Second Man Charged in Krakar Avenue Homicide

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Elian Raya (20, Joliet) has been charged with First Degree Murder (3 Counts) and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (2 Counts).

As the investigation progressed into the homicide that occurred on June 1, 2024, in the 400 block of Krakar Avenue, Detectives developed information identifying Raya as a suspect, along with John Hernandez, who has already been charged with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

On June 17, 2024, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Raya for three counts of First- Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

Raya was then served with this warrant at the Will County Adult Detention Facility, as he is incarcerated on previous charge.

Hernandez (22, Joliet) was arrested, processed, and transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

During an extensive investigation into the shooting that occurred on June 1, 2024, in the 400 block of Krakar Avenue, Detectives identified Hernandez as a suspect involved in the shooting which resulted in the death of 23-year-old Fernando Contreras, and gunshot injuries to two other male victims, ages 20 and 27.

Following a review of the facts and evidence of this case, the Will County State’s Attorney Office approved charges of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

On June 15, 2024, at 8:00 a.m., Detectives, Officers, and members of the Joliet Police Department Special Operations Squad and Crisis Negotiation Team executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s residence in the 500 block of Campbell Street.

Hernandez was located at the residence and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Joliet Police Department for processing and then was transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

DISCLAIMER: Arrest records are public information. An arrest does not mean that the individual(s) identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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