5 Things to Know: Case of the Chicago Father Dragged to His Death Over an iPhone
Trinidad Bueno-Sanchez, 43, died of head trauma he suffered after being dragged by the vehicle the teenage suspects were in
Three teenage girls have been charged with reckless homicide and robbery in last week’s death of a Chicago father who was attempting to sell them an iPhone 6.
Courtney Sherman, 18, and two 17-year-old girls were arrested and charge in connection with the death of 43-year-old Trinidad ‘Javier’ Bueno-Sanchez.
“He was such a good person,” Bueno-Sanchez’s daughter, Lily Olmos, told ABC7 Chicago. “He didn’t deserve any of this.”
Police said Bueno-Sanchez met the suspects, along with three other teen girls, on April 24 after agreeing to sell his phone to them. But the suspects allegedly tried to give the man less money than they’d agreed on before attempting to drive away, which resulted in the man getting dragged by one of the suspects’ cars and suffering a fatal head injury.
Sherman was ordered to be held on $500,000 bond. The two teen girls were expected to be taken to Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Here are five things to know about the case:
1. He Met the Girls on a Buying and Selling App
Bueno-Sanchez first met the girls after posting his iPhone 6 for sale on OfferUp, an app on which users can agree to buy and sell products. The group met in the parking lot of a grocery store, ABC reports.
“He met with them at the front door. He took what I call necessary precautions: doing this during the daylight, in a well-populated area in front of the business,” Round Lake Beach Police Chief Michael Scott said, according to ABC.
2. The Girls Allegedly Cheated Bueno-Sanchez
Police said Bueno-Sanchez agreed to sell the phone to the girls for $450.
When one of the girls handed him an envelope containing the cash payment, police say Bueno-Sanchez realized it was “only a fraction of the agreed upon price.”
“At that point, when he realized that and that [the] girls realized that he was on to them, they sped away,” Scott said, according to ABC.
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3. Bueno-Sanchez Was Dragged by the Vehicle as the Teens Drove Off
Police allege the victim was “leaning inside the vehicle” as he attempted to call the girls out on the price discrepancy.
“While this conversation was taking place, the 17-[year-old] driver accelerated and Bueno-Sanchez was dragged by the vehicle,” police said in the press release.
“Bueno-Sanchez eventually became detached, struck his head on the pavement, and the vehicle fled the scene.”
4. He Died from Head Trauma
Bueno-Sanchez died three days after the incident. The coroner ruled his death a homicide caused by head trauma.
Scott told the Chicago Tribune that officials initially didn’t know the seriousness of Bueno-Sanchez’s injuries when they arrived at the scene to find the man responsive on the ground.
“He was talking to rescue personnel, and we didn’t think he had life-threatening injuries, but a few hours later we learned they were life-threatening,” he said.
Bueno-Sanchez was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he died last Thursday.
5. Bueno-Sanchez Reportedly Leaves Behind a Wife, Seven Children and Four Grandchildren
Olmos told ABC that Bueno-Sanchez was a great father.
“He was there for everything,” Olmos said. “Band concerts, any type of concerts. He took us to prom, he picked us up from prom. He just did everything for us. He never said no. He was always there for all seven of us.”
A GoFundMe page was set up by a family friend, Tina Rompala, and will cover the cost of his medical expenses and funeral.
In a Facebook post, Rompala described herself as the former teacher of two of Bueno-Sanchez’s children.
“Trinidad ‘Javier’ Bueno was a great man who will never be forgotten,” she wrote.