Man charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Maricela Villegas, during argument in Bridgeport apartment

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Maurisio Hernandez | Chicago Police

Maurisio Hernandez | Chicago Police

An argument with her boyfriend, who police said is a gang member and a convicted felon, left Maricela Villegas stabbed to death Saturday night in Bridgeport.

Maurisio Hernandez, 34, was charged Monday with first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police. He is being held without bond.

Hernandez stabbed his girlfriend, the 35-year-old Villegas, during an argument in the 2800 block of South Short Street shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Villegas was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died at 6:28 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. She died of a stab wound to the neck, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Police said Hernandez, a felon and documented gang member, was arrested at the scene. Both Villegas and Hernandez lived on the block where the attack happened.

HOn Monday, Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Hernandez held without bond, court records show. He is next scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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