A Sauk Village man was held without bail Saturday on murder charges after he allegedly shot a man in the head — convinced his victim had stolen his brother's iPhone, Cook County prosecutors said.
Charles W. Bragg III, 18, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Zonnie Johnson, 20, also of Sauk Village, prosecutors said.
Bragg's brother was at a Marathon gas station in Sauk Village the evening of Sept. 18 when he saw two men, purportedly recognizing Johnson as the person who had stolen his iPhone months earlier, Assistant State's Attorney Elena Gottreich said in court.
The brother, who was not identified, went home to tell Bragg, and the pair drove around the neighborhood looking for the two men, Gottreich said.
Bragg, of the 2100 block of 217th Street, allegedly brought a gun with him. When they got to the Marathon station, Bragg asked the attendant to point out where Johnson and the other man had walked, according to Gottreich.
Soon after, Bragg spotted the men on the street, ordered his brother to stop the car and got out to confront the pair, with the gun hidden behind his back, Gottreich said.
Bragg allegedly asked Johnson if he was the person who stole his brother's iPhone. He then fired several shots at the pair, striking Johnson once in the head, Gottreich said. The second man fled and was not injured.
Johnson, of the 22400 block of Clyde Avenue in Sauk Village, died the next evening at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Bragg was arrested on Thursday after Cook County sheriff's officers found him hiding in the basement of a residence in the 7700 block of South May Street in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood, according to authorities.
He was identified as the same person in a surveillance video from the gas station, Gottreich said. The second man, who had escaped without injury, also identified Bragg as the gunman in a photo lineup, Gottreich said. Bragg also allegedly admitted in a video statement to having a gun and shooting Johnson.
Bragg was on probation for residential burglary before the shooting, according to Gottreich. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday in Markham and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.