Authorities said a man facing murder charges for a gang shooting in Illinois was arrested in Dubuque for selling fake tickets to tonight's Willie Nelson concert.
Natrell G. Jackson, 20, was arrested at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday at KFC, 1957 Central Ave., on two counts of forgery, two counts of fourth-degree theft and two counts of interference with official acts causing injury.
A grand jury indictment filed in January in Cook County Circuit Court states Jackson is charged in that jurisdiction with eight counts of first-degree murder, two counts of felony attempted first-degree murder and four counts of felony aggravated discharge of a firearm.
The charges relate to a Feb. 26, 2016, shooting in Chicago in which Shari Graham, 30, was killed.
A press release from the Chicago Police Department gives more details about 2016 killing.
The incident occurred at 9:45 p.m. Feb. 26, 2016, in the 3800 block of South Princeton Avenue. Graham was sitting in the back of a taxi when shots were fired in the area. A bullet entered the taxi and struck Graham in the back. She was taken to a local hospital where she died of her injuries.
The Chicago Tribune reports that prosecutors said Graham was hit by stray gunfire during a gang-related shooting. She was a mother of three young children.
The indictments state that the attempted-murder charges allege that, during the incident in which Graham was fatally injured, Jackson shot at a man names Philip Young. The four firearm charges relate to shooting at Young as well as unknown occupants of two vehicles.
A Cook County Circuit Court clerk's office employee said Jackson failed to attend a Feb. 22 hearing in his criminal case, triggering the latest warrant for his arrest.
Police said Jackson's arrest in Dubuque started with an online ad.
Court documents state Richard G. Leahy, 58, of Belmont, Wis., called Dubuque police on Thursday to report that, on Tuesday, he was sold fake tickets to tonight's Willie Nelson concert at Five Flags Center. Leahy said he responded to a Craigslist ad from a man who said he was selling four floor seats to the concert for $500.
Leahy bought the tickets from the man at the KFC on Central Avenue in Dubuque at 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to court documents. Leahy also took a picture with his phone of the man during the transaction.
Documents said Leahy immediately reached out to Five Flags after the purchase and learned that the tickets were fake. He provided the man's picture to Dubuque police.
The Craigslist ad still was posted, so police officers Ann Dauderman and Nick Schlosser contacted the seller and arranged a meeting to buy tickets Thursday at the same KFC.
The man, identified as Jackson, gave fake tickets to the officers, who were undercover. He tried to run as he was being arrested. During the arrest, Dauderman and Schlosser sustained minor injuries, documents state.
Jackson's bond on the local charges was set at $10,000 during a court hearing this morning. His next court appearance on those charges is set for April 23 in Dubuque.