PEOTONE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Police: Joliet man arrested in connection with Tuesday's shooting death
Peotone Chamber Of Commerce issued the following announcement on May 19.
A Joliet man arrested Friday in connection with the slaying of Donald M. Woods Jr. was an associate of a man Woods killed in self-defense in 2014, sources said.
Dietra Jones said Martell D. Ollie, 23, of Joliet, was arrested in connection with the slaying of Woods, her son. Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton confirmed that Ollie’s arrest was related to Woods’ death.
Ollie, of the 200 block of Nicholson Street, was arrested and booked into the Will County jail about 4 p.m. Friday on charges of murder and intent to kill. He is being held on $5 million bond.
Woods, 24, of Romeoville, was shot Tuesday afternoon in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue in Joliet.
Police received a call about 4:51 p.m. Tuesday about a subject shot at Sherman Street and Fourth Avenue in Joliet. Woods was lying in a parking lot in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue next to a vehicle.
Joliet Deputy Police Chief Al Roechner said that after the homicide, investigators recovered some evidence from the scene that helped identify the suspect. Roechner said a lot of times police know who did it, but get no cooperation from witnesses. This time, they were able to get statements from witnesses.
Witnesses told police at the scene that Woods was with other individuals when a male subject dressed in black walked up to the victim and shot him in the back.
“[He] dropped right there,” Roechner said.
The suspect then was seen running east to the 200 block of Fourth Avenue through the yards of some homes.
Roechner added that officers were working around the clock to find the suspect.
“They got maybe six hours of sleep in four days,” he said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Ollie had three other warrants for his arrest, and police were able to find him at a residence in the 400 block of Dixon Street. The residence was Ollie’s girlfriend’s house, said Jones and a police source. He came out without incident, Roechner said.
Woods was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed that Woods suffered a gunshot wound, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.
A police source also said that Ollie is an associate of Dameon D. Anderson, who Woods killed in self-defense in 2014.
The incident happened at a birthday party thrown for Woods, Jones said. Woods acted in self-defense in killing Anderson, 27, outside a residence in the first block of Mississippi Avenue in Joliet, since Anderson also was shooting a gun, according to court records.
Woods did not face murder charges but pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon in April 2015. Woods was sentenced to seven years in prison for the shooting. He was released on parole Nov. 3, 2017.
Jones said some of her son’s friends also believe her son’s homicide was retaliation for Anderson’s death.
“That’s just what the word out on the street is,” Jones said. “It could be a possibility.”
Jones added that when she heard the news of what happened at the party in 2014, she felt tremendous sympathy for Anderson’s mother.
“When that boy passed away and I got that phone call, I cried and I prayed for his mom,” Jones said. “At the same time, I know my son wasn’t out there looking for trouble.”
Woods leaves behind his mother and a 4-year-old son. He also helped raise a soon-to-be-7-year-old girl with Maria Hernandez, his ex-girlfriend. He worked as a forklift driver and attended Joliet Central High School.
Jones said she and others in the community are planning a “Stop the Violence” march for Monday.
“We’re losing too many of our kids to senseless violence,” she said.
But Jones added that she is relieved to know an arrest was made in connection with her son’s death.
“I’m just happy he’s in jail, because I feel like he’s a coward because he shot my son in the back,” Jones said. “Now he can look me in my eyes and explain why he killed my child.”
Ollie is expected to appear in court Monday morning.
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Source: Peotone Chamber Of Commerce