Man charged with murder for allegedly setting Heart of Chicago fire that killed Venancio Veracruz Benitez

By MITCHELL ARMENTROUT Chicago Sun-Times Wire A man has been charged with setting a garage fire last fall in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood that left 59-year-old Venancio Veracruz Benitez dead. Thomas Stafford, 23, faces counts of first-degree murder and aggravated arson for the Sept. 16, 2016, blaze in the 2100 block of West 21st … Read more →

Thomas Stafford

  • Arrested: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Age: 23
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: White

Suspected in the Sept. 16, 2016 death of Venancio Veracruz Benitez.

Photo credit: Cook County Sheriff's Dept.