Prosecutors seek to keep Crest Hill teen in jail in Joliet shooting case

Juan Basurto

A Crest Hill teenager has been charged with the non-fatal shooting of another teen last summer in Joliet and prosecutors are seeking to keep him in jail.

About 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Juan Basurto, 18, was taken to the Will County jail on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Basurto was not only charged with aggravated shooting of a 17-year-old on Aug. 4 in Joliet, but he was also charged with the reckless shooting of another alleged victim in the incident, according to an indictment.

Prosecutors have filed a petition to keep Basurto detained in jail under the SAFE-T Act because he is charged with felony offenses where a prison sentence is required by law and his pretrial release would pose a “real and present threat” to others.

The petition is slated for a hearing Thursday.

The investigation that led to Basurto’s arrest began at 1:42 p.m. Aug. 4 when officers responded to a shooting in the 200 block of Pleasant Street in Joliet, said Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English. The location is in the St. Pat’s neighborhood and to the west of the Des Plaines River.

Officers discovered a 17-year-old male in the rear yard of a residence who suffered a gunshot wound to his lower back, English said. The teen’s injury was considered not life threatening and he was taken to Ascension Saint Joseph – Joliet hospital for treatment.

After detectives obtained a warrant for Basurto’s arrest, Will County sheriff’s deputies then took Barsuto into custody on Monday morning at his residence in Crest Hill.

The petition from prosecutors alleged that the 17-year-old victim in the case was outside with three other people before he saw an SUV circle his house.

A fourth person had approached the 17-year-old teen and seemed to be “baiting” him into a fight in the open, the petition said. Basurto, whose nickname is “Juano,” was in the “nearby circling SUV” and had allegedly shot the 17-year-old in the back, according to the petition.

The 17-year-old had allegedly told police at the hospital to “[expletive] off” and later told them he would not be able to identify anyone, but he did say he had a problem with Basurto from a party, according to the petition. Other witnesses interviewed by police were able to identify Basurto as the alleged shooter, according to the petition.