Evanston police say two drunken people got into a fight at a party late Saturday night, and one of them was found dead in his bed Sunday afternoon.

Juan L. Sanchez, 34, of 1223 Dodge Ave., reportedly was found in his basement apartment by friends who called police.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy today and determine that Sanchez’s death was a homicide.

Parrott says police have a person of interest in custody, and North Regional Major Crimes Task Force is assisting Evanston police in the investigation.

Parrott says it appears that no weapon was used during the Saturday night fight but that several witnesses said that Sanchez and the other person were intoxicated and that Sanchez was kicked and punched several times during the dispute.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Homicide rate?

    So how many homicides is this for 2011?  What about 2010 & 2009?  Forget libraries, schools, and boobie bars — no one is going to move here because of the ridiculous crime rate.  Evanston is in crisis.

    1. But how will we pay for the arts?

      Perhaps we could hire more police to patrol this area, but it seems our aldermen feel that using tax money to subsidize Chandler-Newberger Recreation Center, Harley Clarke Mansion, and Noyes Cultural Arts Center in rich neighborhoods are  more important than fighting crime in poor ones.

      1. Patrol

        How would a police patrol help prevent a fight that happened at a party within a residence? 

      2. The Chandler-Newberger Center

        The Chandler-Newberger Center offers programs all year round to keep kids active, busy and off the streets.  Children who use the facility come from all over Evanston, not just the rich ones.  Programs to keep kids active especially after school help lower crime rates in communities. We actually need more facilities and programs for that purpose.


    2. Crisis?

      Just because you have read some stories about crime in Evanston does not make it a crisis.  From your comment above it seems you are not familiar with the crime statistics.  Could crime/homicides possibly be down vs. last year at this time?  Why the hysteria?

      1. hysterical

        I am not hysterical.  More like sadly matter of fact.  even with the 2009 crime data we were ranked "considerably higher than the national average for cities" though about typical for cities our size.  But with the considerable increase in shootings this year, I predict we will soon be in the lowest 20%.  (The Uniform Crime Reporting stats take a long time to be released.  2010 data are not yet available)

        Re knowing the crime rates, I know they are up but don't know specifically and I did not want to post misinformation or look up the crime rates (but then I obviously did).  So I asked.  

        I'm not talking about police patrol.  I am talking about real solutions for crime.  Economic development, employment etc.  

        But maybe I am more worried than others because many of the homicides are very near to my home and I have a kid that walks to and from ETHS now by the site of this homicide, past the McDonald's where there was recently a shooting.  Check out this map:  http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/evanston/crime/ – the lighter the color, the less safe the neigborhood.  So around the high school we have safety ratings of 16, 15, 17, and 19 (on a scale where 100 is the safest).  And just a few blocks away we have neighborhoods that score 64 out of 100!  Poverty and recession bring crime rate increases and summer also is a time when crime is on the rise.  SO maybe it is just "typical" and I am just "hysterical" but I think it is somethign we could be doing more about.

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