Diamond Gamble | Homicide Watch Chicagohttp://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/diamond-gamble/Latest news about Diamond Gambleen-usWed, 24 Dec 2014 20:24:24 -0600Boy, 14, among five charged with murder in Chicago Lawn home invasionhttp://homicides.suntimes.com/2014/12/24/boy-14-among-five-charged-with-murder-in-chicago-lawn-home-invasion/<p><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2014/12/Washington-Quinton.jpg" alt="Quinton Washington / Photo from Chicago Police" width="100%" height="auto" class="size-full wp-image-9503" /><br /> Quinton Washington / Photo from Chicago Police</p> <p>BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN<br /> Chicago Sun-Times</p> <p>An 18-year-old man killed in a deadly home invasion on the Southwest Side was targeted because the group who attacked him, including a 14-year-old boy, believed that the victim had marijuana, cash and electronic equipment, prosecutors said.</p> <p>Upon the culprits’ arrests, it was the scared 14-year-old boy who began “trembling” and told the police officers what had transpired, according to an arrest report.</p> <p>“I wanna go home,” the juvenile allegedly told police following <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/victims/ricardo-ruvalcaba/">Ricardo Ruvalcaba</a>’s murder.<br /> <span id="more-9502"></span><br /> Ruvalcaba, 18, slept as his 12-year-old brother played video games and his 16-year-old brother walked to a nearby store, prosecutors said. No adults were in the apartment.</p> <p><a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/schanise-barfield/">Schanise Barfield</a> allegedly drove up to the residence in the 5500 block of West 63rd Place with four others Monday morning.</p> <p><iframe src="http://homicides.suntimes.com/api/v1/homicides/861.html" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p>The 16-year-old saw <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/quinton-washington/">Quinton Washington</a> and <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/diamond-gamble/">Diamond Gamble</a> walk toward his apartment and then saw <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/nathaniel-jefferson/">Nathaniel Jefferson</a> and the 14-year-old -- who the Ruvalcabas knew -- emerge from the alley and walk up the stairs to the residence, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.</p> <p>All four then ordered the 16-year-old into the apartment at gunpoint and demanded he give them the drugs and money, Santini said.</p> <p>By now, Washington, 24, and Gamble, 23, were wearing masks, but the 16-year-old recognized Washington’s maroon jacket from earlier, Santini said.<img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2014/12/Gamble-Diamond-240x300.jpg" alt="Diamond Gamble / Photo from Chicago Police" width="240" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-9504" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Diamond Gamble / Photo from Chicago Police</p></p> <p>Once inside, the four suspects placed a sheet over the 12-year-old boy’s head and threatened to kill him if the brothers didn’t give up their property, Santini said.</p> <p>The group proceeded to take the victims’ belongings, including electronics and a television and put them in a duffel bag,<br /> the 16-year-old said.</p> <p>It was then that the 16-year-old agreed to give the suspects money and led Jefferson, 24, toward the rear bedroom where Ruvalcaba had been sleeping, Santini said.</p> <p>As he came closer, the 16-year-old began raising his voice in hopes that his older brother would hear and wake up.</p> <p>Ruvalcaba, who police said had documented gang ties, was awoken when his door was opened.<img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2014/12/Jefferson-Nathaniel-240x300.jpg" alt="Nathaniel Jefferson / Photo from Chicago Police" width="240" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-9505" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Nathaniel Jefferson / Photo from Chicago Police</p></p> <p>He got up and ran after Jefferson, Santini said.</p> <p>During the chase, Washington allegedly fired the gun, striking Ruvalcaba in the stomach and chest.</p> <p>Jefferson ran outside and Ruvalcaba collapsed on the front stairs, Santini said.</p> <p>The 16-year-old was able to knock the gun out of Washington’s hand and take Gamble’s mask off, but he was beaten by the pair and the 14-year-old during the struggle, Santini said.</p> <p>Ruvalcaba’s brothers ran to a nearby store to call 911 because the group had taken their cell phones, Santini said.</p> <p>Meanwhile Barfield, 22, picked the four others up and started driving toward the West Side of Chicago where some of the group lived.</p> <p>But they were stopped at 9 N. Leclaire Ave. when patrol officers noticed Barfield’s Saturn was missing taillights, according to the arrest reports.</p> <p>Barfield didn’t have a license or insurance and when the officer noticed a 9 mm handgun in the trunk, all were taken to the police station, the reports said.</p> <p>When the officers separated the 14-year-old from the group, he allegedly started telling them about the murder.</p> <p>The older male suspects were identified and Washington implicated himself and his cohorts, Santini said.</p> <p>Barfield also admitted to police that she was the getaway driver, Santini said.</p> <p>Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Washington, Jefferson and Gamble held without bond on murder and home invasion charges Wednesday.</p> <p>Barfield, of the 200 block of North Leclaire Avenue, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bond.</p> <p>The 14-year-old was ordered held in custody by Juvenile Court Judge Steven Bernstein.</p> <p>The boy’s mother and grandmother had walked to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Wednesday because police told them he would be there.</p> <p>“I don’t give a ---- about them. I care about him,” the boy’s mother said, upset she missed her son’s hearing at Cook County Juvenile Court.</p> <p>“He’s a good kid. He started hanging out with the bad crowd ... the gang bangers.”</p> <p>The 14-year-old’s mother said she knew her son smoked marijuana and knew he was going to buy some Monday when she last saw him.</p> <p>He had been pretty much holed up inside his apartment since Thanksgiving when his other grandparents’ residence had the windows broken out, she said.</p> <p>The mother, 34, said her boy called her after his arrest and assured her he’ll maybe face ten years in prison if he’s found delinquent.</p> <p>“He was with them but he didn’t pull the trigger,” the boy’s mother said.<img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2014/12/Barfield-Schanise-240x300.jpg" alt="Schanise Barfield / Photo from Chicago Police" width="240" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-9506" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Schanise Barfield / Photo from Chicago Police</p></p> <p>“His grandparents moved to Las Vegas and I had planned to send him there as well. I couldn’t get him out of Chicago quick enough.”</p> <p>The 14-year-old boy’s mother said she lives near the shooting but asked her ex-husband to take her younger kids, ages 6 and 11, out of the apartment because she knows someone will seek vengeance for Ruvalcaba’s murder.</p> <p>Gamble, of the 5000 block of West West End Avenue, had a warrant for his arrest and was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.</p> <p>Washington, of the 4900 block of West West End Avenue, was currently on parole for aggravated battery to a police officer, Santini said.</p> <p>And Jefferson, of the 100 block of North Laramie Avenue, has previous drug convictions. </p> Michael LansuWed, 24 Dec 2014 20:24:24 -0600http://homicides.suntimes.com/2014/12/24/boy-14-among-five-charged-with-murder-in-chicago-lawn-home-invasion/Ricardo RuvalcabaSchanise BarfieldDiamond GambleNathaniel JeffersonQuinton Washington