Decapitated Head Discovery in Chicago Leads to Teen's Arrest

Image: Decapitated Head Discovery in Chicago Leads to Teen's Arrest Alexis Valdez

Friday, 27 Dec 2013 12:17 PM

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The discovery of the decapitated head and body of a 41-year-old man in a Chicago apartment on Christmas Day led police to charge a teenager with murder.

Police said in a statement Thursday that 18-year-old Alexis Valdez is charged with one count of first-degree murder.

The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the victim as Sylvester Diaz-Hernandez. The office says Diaz-Hernandez lived at the apartment on the Northwest Side where his body was found early Wednesday.

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Authorities didn't provide other details, including whether the decapitation occurred before or after the victim died. The medical examiner's office did say that Diaz-Hernandez died of "multiple blunt and sharp-force injuries."

Authorities also didn't explain the relationship between Valdez and the victim.

There was no telephone listing for Valdez in Chicago.

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