Four men have been charged in a 14-year-old cold case murder of a Broadview business owner who was kidnapped and killed in a ransom attempt, officials said.
Dimeyon Cole, 30, of Chicago, Kevin Mitchel, 46, of Jeffersonville, Ind., Menard McAfee, 38, and Raymond Winters, 46 were charged with first degree murder after they allegedly kidnapped 28-year-old Darryl Green at gunpoint from his electronics store in west suburban Broadview, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
McAfee and Winters are currently serving sentences in state prison on unrelated violence charges.
Cook County Prosecutors alleged the four men had affiliations with the Black Souls and the Vice Lords Chicago streets gangs at the time of the murder.
Green was abducted from his beeper store, “Beep the Twinz,” located at 2124 S. 17th Ave., bound and driven in a van to a residence on Chicago’s West Side, prosecutors said.
His abductors then made a series of calls to Green’s twin brother seeking a cash ransom for his release. In the last call, which was recorded by police, Green’s brother was told to “make arrangement for your brother.”
Green was taken to a secluded area near 20th and Grant Streets in Gary, Ind. where witnesses reported seeing the van drive up and four men carry an individual into the woods. Gunshots were heard shortly after and Gary Police discovered the body, later identified as Green, with three gunshot wounds to the head.
According to prosecutors, four months after the murder took place, Mitchell was stopped by police while driving in a van resembling the one witnesses saw the day of the murder, and police found Green’s DNA inside. Authorities were unable to obtain the evidence needed to bring charges, however.
After a combination of telephone records, witnesses and additional evidence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Attorney’s Gang Crimes Unit were able to bring charges.