Man Fatally Shot During Cellphone Sale In Lynwood, Person In Custody: Police

Bernie Tafoya
January 29, 2020 - 7:12 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Northwest Indiana man is in custody after allegedly fatally shooting a 19-year-old south suburban man during a botched cellphone sale, in south suburban Lynwood, police said.

At about 6:55 p.m., officers responded to calls of shots fired in the parking lot of the Lynwood Sports Center, a roller rink, located at 2030 Glynwood Dyer Rd., and found 19-year-old Diondre Crosby-Nelson with gunshot wounds to his buttocks, back and head, Lynwood police said.

Deputy Chief Terrence Shubert said Crosby-Nelson had ageed to meet Jonathan Arroyo-Ortiz of East Chicago in the roller rink’s parking lot to buy a Samsung 8 smartphone from him.

Chief Shubert said Crosby-Nelson got into the back of Arroyo-Ortiz’s vehicle and asked to check out the phone. That’s when police said Crosby-Nelson bolted from the car with the phone without paying.

Surveillance video showed Arroyo-Ortiz chase after Crosby-Nelson and fire nine shots from a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun, Chief Shubert said

According to Shubert, the roller rink was open for business. 

“A majority of people who were on scene there, especially anyone that was inside the roller rink had no idea anything was going on," he said.

Lynwood police say Arroyo-Ortiz’s girlfriend was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle the entire time.  Deputy Chief Shubert said two employees of the roller rink happened to be outside at the time and witnessed the chase and shooting.