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Pair Fired Shots to Scare Girlfriend, Then Fled Police: Reports

Cesar and Victor Zavala were booked on several firearms-related charges in connection with the Thursday night incident.

Two Joliet men who fired a gun into the air to scare a former girlfriend and then ditched the weapon as Joliet police chased them were arrested Thursday on a slew of firearm-related charges, Cmdr. Al Roechner said.

Cesar Zavala, 23, of 604 Oakview Ave., and Victor Zavala, 22, 663 Abe St., are accused of discharging a .38-caliber gun four times in the area of Elwood and Abe streets at about 9:45 p.m., Roecher said.

Witnesses called police and told them the pair were in a dark-colored truck headed southbound on Abe Street, he said. About 20 minutes later, officers spotted the vehicle at State and Jackson streets and attempted to pull it over, but the vehicle sped off instead, Roechner said.

As the two were attempting to lose the police, Cesar Zavala allegedly threw the weapon and several shells from the car window, which police later recovered, Roechner said.

The pair were finally stopped at Jackson Street and Eastern Avenue and taken into custody.

When interviewed by police, Cesar Zavala admitted he shot the weapon because he was trying to intimidate a former girlfriend and her male companion, who were inside a residence in the 700 block of Abe, Roecher said.

Cesar Zavala has been charged with felon possession/use of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer.

Victor Zavala faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated fleeing/attempting to elude a peace officer (going 21 mph over the speed limit) and possession of an expired FOID card.

Both Zavalas are being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

According to jail records, which are incomplete, Cesar Zavala was arrested twice in 2009. The first time was on charges of felon possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and possession of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis. In the second case, he was charged with felon possession of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and manufacture/delivery of 30 to 500 grams of cannabis.

Victor Zavala has also been arrested previously. In 2011, he was charged with domestic battery and violation of an order of protection, jail records show. Two years earlier, he was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

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John Roberts January 27, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Umm the "Hill"...we had "Parkwood"...we have "Evergreen Terrace"...you really need to learn more about Joliet before you venture into places you do not belong and end up a victim...We do have thoes places..hell on the hill you didn't even want to be white and driving through there..and you still don't if it is summer time...he'll we just had a grocery store get busted with Kilos of Coke and Herion..lmao...literally an open drug market...we have the "South End" no white person wants to drive through and you can bet no one is asking for directions..Know what happened last time? The guy was shot in the chest 5 times...From one citizen to the next...Know where you live!
pete tomzack January 27, 2013 at 09:46 PM
I know exactly were I live , I am white and my wife is Mexican. I have many Mexican friends that live on the hill n the "seconds" projects have been knocked downi. It's not a bad place up there. But I do agree the south end is pretty shitty, haha, . My wife grew up on Collins and liberty, and if you know anything about the east side , you know those streets. So I know Joliet so don't make it all scary sounding , it's really not. I enjoy it here and we don't have problems cuz we don't go looking for any. Have a blessed day , and free cal-cal, Lil Jeremy , drakey, and vino. SOC
John Roberts January 28, 2013 at 01:04 PM
You know just as well Latin Kings run around where you live and you know just as much it's them and the others that do the shootings..The had to knock down the projects because of the trouble..We broke down one time on Brigg street and were on the little bridge between Joliet and Lockport..The Will County police officer got out of his vehicle and damn near crawled to our car he stayed ducked down beside my car talking to us..He said and I Quote " I have to watch because thoes fuckers will take pop shots at us" Where was he referring to? the Hill..you could see the projects..I know gang members that run around on Collins...and their bangin hard if you know what I mean...Not scary place to live but you must be aware..You should never be afraid to live as much as you are afraid to die...Not being alert,not knowing where you are makes victims in Joliet is what I am saying...We have everything any place else does and then some..
John Roberts January 28, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Take a look at Secon Ave...At one time if you were white and it was dark ya didn't even have to stop at the red light in that neighborhood..Police wouldn't even pull you over..We stopped one time at that light..We had 10 cops jerk us out of the truck we were in..While stopped at the light a man started to walk up to the truck and as soon as he got close enough bam the police came out of no where..As my cousin and I were explaining about watching this guy because he might try something...we were with a friend that knew nothing about the area..we even told him you do not have to stop at the red light ..your white...your ass will get robbed around here...cops slammed my cousin by his neck to the floor board..But you know what the police did when they caught the guy walking up to the truck? he had a crack pipe and they told him to put it down by the street sign until they left....Now if that was me or you we get a charge of drug para. Which is worse than having the drugs.lmao...my cousin said what are you pulling us over for and the shortest cop came up from behind my cousin and punched him in the back of his head but more in e back of e neck...White cop just trying to show off in front of the people at live there...This is what you Will Deal with in Joliet...
Long time joliet January 28, 2013 at 04:22 PM
This weekend Chicago had 9 murders , which is more then joliets total of 8 for 2012. not a good comparison. A good one would be Aurora with about 200000 residents had 0 murders or Rockford 150000 ,which is about the same size as Joliet, had over 20 murders.

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