Observant Trucker Helps Police Nab Murder Suspect at Large Chicago Warehouse
Elwood, IL – A tip from a trucker is being called “instrumental” in the quick arrest of a murder suspect following an early morning shooting at an intermodal center in Illinois last week.
According to the Elwood Police Department (EPD)t, the fatal shooting took place around 3 a.m. Friday at the CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Elwood, which is located about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.
Many truckers know CenterPoint as the largest master-planned inland port in North America.
EPD said following a shift at the Home Depot warehouse inside CenterPoint, 38-year-old Derrell Draper shot his co-worker, 30-year-old Robert Bigger.
A preliminary investigation revealed the men left the warehouse around 3 a.m. on Friday.
As they were exiting the center — which encompasses 6,400 acres — police say Draper pulled up next to Bigger’s Chevy Impala and fatally shot him.
Shortly following the shooting, a trucker driving through the CenterPoint complex spotted Bigger’s car on the side of Baseline Road and noted it looked “suspicious.”
The same driver passed by again around 4:40 a.m. and noticed the car in the same spot.
That’s when the trucker called Elwood police to report the suspicious scene.
“That tip was instrumental. That was very important,” EPD Chief Fred Hayes told ThePatch.com.
Police quickly worked to identify Draper as a suspect.
“We’re confident we got the right guy,” Chief Hayes confirmed.
This is the first homicide in the city of Elwood since 2009.
“This is kind of a big incident for the Will County area, so it’s all hands on deck,” explained Chief Hayes.
Thanks to the help of an observant and concerned trucker, Draper was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with one count of first-degree murder.
He is being held on a $5 million bail.