Alexis Valdez charged with murdering decapitated man found in Hermosa basement

Alexis Valdez / Photo from Chicago Police
Alexis Valdez / Photo from Chicago Police

Alexis Valdez was charged with murder Thursday after police found a decapitated man in a Hermosa neighborhood home early Christmas morning.

Officers responding to a homicide call found the body of Silvestre Diaz-Hernandez, 41, about 2 a.m. Wednesday in his basement apartment in the 2500 block of North Kildare Avenue, officials said.

Alexis Valdez, of the 5000 block of West Drummond Place, was charged with one count of first-degree murder. He’s accused of dismembering Diaz-Hernandez, police said.

Valdez was standing outside the building and taken into custody, officials said. A knife was found at the scene, police said.

Diaz-Hernandez suffered multiple blunt and sharp force injuries and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Valdez is expected to appear for a bond hearing Friday.

— Sun-Times Media Wire

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