Manhunt for 'armed and extremely dangerous' murder suspect

A murder warrant has been issued for a Wheeling man suspected of fatally shooting a maintenance worker last weekend near Arlington Heights.

Vidal Rodriguez, 20, is wanted for the murder of Abel Oliva, who was gunned down last Saturday at the Whispering Winds apartment complex where he worked, said Frank Bilecki, a spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Bilecki said Rodriguez, of the 0-100 block of Carriage Hill Road, was not in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

"The no-bond arrest warrant is for the offense of first-degree murder,'' said Bilecki.

Rodriguez, aka "Chi-Town," is believed to be with his girlfriend, a 17-year-old Wheeling girl who was reported missing around the same time as the Oliva's slaying, according to a sheriff's release.

At the time of the shooting, Rodriguez was armed with a .22 caliber rifle and is still considered armed and extremely dangerous, the release said.

He has previous arrests in his history and is a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples gang, according to the release.

Oliva was gunned down outside, while possibly at work about 9:45 a.m. May 12 at the complex where he also lived, in the 4000 block of Bonhill Drive in Cook County's Palatine Township, said Bilecki.

An autopsy May 13 determined Oliva died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Oliva was pronounced dead at 10:46 a.m. May 12 at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, according to the medical examiner's office.

No one else was injured and a motive for the attack was not clear, according to Bilecki.
As the search to locate Rodriguez and the girl continues, the Cook County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000.00 reward to the individual who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Rodriguez.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts should contact the Cook County Sheriff's Police – Investigations Unit, 847-635-1188.