Reward Grows To $150,000 To Find Rogers Park Killer

Michele Fiore
November 08, 2018 - 4:53 pm

Chicago Police

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The reward to capture the gunman responsible for murdering two men in Rogers Park in late September has grown to $150,000.

The first shooting in the spree occurred Sept. 30, when the 73-year-old Willard Douglass Watts was shot dead while walking his dog. The following day, 24-year-old Eli Moscowitz was killed by a shot fired from the same gun used in Watts' slaying, police said.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Thursday the increase in the award and said it's the largest reward offered in a criminal case in Chicago history.

The reward is made up of tens of thousands of dollars, donated by a community living in fear. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it's hard to say whether the suspect's still around, but he's sure the guy knows police are on his trail.

"He's obviously laying low right now. He knows there's a lot of pressure and he knows we are looking for him, so that's not unnatural for him to kind of stop what he's doing at this time," Johnson said. 

Johnson hopes the promise of a $150,000 reward will draw leads that can lead to an arrest.

"These were heinous actions and we will find that person that committed these actions in our community. We will not stop until we have a suspect in custody," he said.

The linked killings have gripped Rogers Park residents for weeks, and no arrests have been announced.

Johnson said police have received 430 tips, combed through hours of surveillance video and knocked on doors in the search for the gunman.

“Someone out there listening or watching right now knows who this person is,” Johnson said.