Little Village Robbery Attempt- Both Suspect and Victim Charged

By Faye Higbee

Little Village, Chicago: Araceli Diaz, 21, a breeder of Huskies, met with a 14 year old to sell her a dog. Instead of a normal transaction, the teenager brandished what appeared to be a gun and clocked Diaz in the head with it in an attempt to steal the dog. Diaz, believing she was in mortal danger, shot the teen in the chest. Now the Chicago teen charged with attempted armed robbery, and the woman charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm just goes to show you how unfortunate circumstances can be.

The Chicago SunTimes reported:

After setting up the sale over Facebook, Diaz met the teen and another girl Friday evening in the 2300 block of South Drake Avenue, Gardner told Judge Arthur Wesley Willis.

Diaz then handed the dog to the other girl and explained that it would cost $800, Gardner said. When Diaz asked for either the cash or the dog back, the 14-year-old said she also wanted to take a look.

As the other girl left the area, the 14-year-old pulled out an “unknown metal object,” ordered Diaz to the ground and struck her twice in the head and face, Gardner said. Diaz then pulled out a Glock 9mm and shot the girl in the chest and abdomen before driving off in her Cadillac ATS.

The incident occurred in Little Village, a Chicago neighborhood, on Friday, November 29 at around 5:45 p.m..  The teen was not interested in giving Diaz money for the dog, she wanted to steal it instead. She brandished a gun that looked like a real one – it turned out to be a pellet pistol, according to WGNTV. She hit Diaz in the head with her gun in an attempt to forcibly take her property.

Diaz pulled her real gun out of her purse and shot the teen multiple times in the chest.  The dog was killed during the incident. When police arrived, the teen girl was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Diaz was arrested about an hour after the incident at her home. Police found her Glock loaded with 8 rounds on the front seat of the Cadillac.

Diaz had a valid FOID (Firearms Owner Identification) card. The problem was that she didn’t have a Concealed Carry License.

Illinois requires all gun owners to obtain an  FOID card, which allows the person to purchase a gun, ammunition, tasers, or stun guns. There are 21 requirements that determine eligibility to have an FOID card. It is required for a concealed carry permit, but it is not a concealed carry permit. The CCW permit is a separate requirement.

Though prosecutors determined she acted in self defense, she was charged with unlawful use of a firearm and her bail set at $5000. Her next appearance in court is on December 11. The teen’s next appearance is December 9.

Featured photo: Araceli Diaz mugshot


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