Joliet teen murder suspect arrested in Mexico

Officers in the 500 block of East Benton Street on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Joliet. A 20-year-old man was shot in the head and died the same day.

A second teen was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico on Will County charges that he and another teen allegedly shot and killed a 20-year-old man on June 6 in Joliet.

Nathan Melchor, 17, along with Emilio Aldape, 18, both of Joliet, are the two defendants who stand charged with the first-degree murder of Latrel Smith-Vaden, 20, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head on June 6 in the 600 block of East Benton Street.

Both Melchor and Aldape are being charged as adults.

On Aug. 30, Melchor was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico by Mexican authorities in “conjunction with the United States Marshals Service,” said Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English.

Melchor was taken to the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet. Aldape has been in the Will County jail since July 12 after he was apprehended in South Bend, Indiana.

Aldape faces a new charge in an indictment filed Thursday that alleged he fired a gun in the direction of another victim who is not Smith-Vaden. Melchor faces the same charge as well.

Judge Art Smigielski set $5 million bonds for Melchor and Aldape in a warrant for their arrest.