Bail Denied For Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Skokie Teen

“We hope that these charges bring some measure of justice for the heinous murder and tragic loss of this young man.”

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    9/4/2014: Robert Serritella, 71, was extradited from California to face first-degree murder charges in connection with the strangling death of David Cherek, whose body was found in the Cook County Forest Preserve. NBC 5’s Christian Farr reports.

    A man suspected in the cold case murder of a Skokie teenager 22 years ago was denied bail Thursday morning in bond court.

    Robert Serritella, 71, long suspected of strangling 15-year-old David Chereck, was arrested in Los Angeles last month and charged with first-degree murder.

    Chereck disappeared on New Year's Day in 1992, and his body was found the next day in a Cook County Forest Preserve. Prosecutors say he was strangled with his own scarf.

    Bail Denied For Man Charged in 1992 Murder

    [CHI] Bail Denied For Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Skokie Teen
    09/04/14: Robert Serritella, 71, long suspected of strangling 15-year-old David Chereck in 1992, was arrested in Los Angeles last month and charged with first-degree murder.

    Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said Serritella had been a suspect in the slaying during the initial investigation after he contacted police and claimed to have information about Chereck’s death. Serritella then disappeared.

    In 2004, Alvarez said a witness came forward and claimed Serritella confided in him that he knew what happened to the teen. The witness said he frequently alternated between speaking in first and third person when describing the offender.

    Man Arrested in 1992 Murder of Skokie Teen

    [CHI] Man Arrested in 1992 Murder of Skokie Teen
    Not long after David Cherek was killed in January 1992, police had a suspect in mind. Two decades later, he is finally in custody. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

    "In a bizarre development in the case," Alvarez said in a statement, "Serritella telephoned the victim’s mother on two occasions in the summer of 2013 telling her that he had witnessed her son get into a vehicle on the night of his murder and that he had a description of the man who had lured him into his car."

    The call led to an arrest warrant for Serritella, who was he was returned to Cook County Wednesday from Los Angeles.

    The victim's mother, Esther Chereck, told NBC 5 her son was the "kindest boy you would ever want to know ... just amazing."

    “A case may go cold for an extended period of time, but we do not forget about our victims and we thank the Chereck Family for their extreme patience and their assistance throughout the course of this investigation,” Alvarez said. “We hope that these charges bring some measure of justice for the heinous murder and tragic loss of this young man.”

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