A gang member was viciously beaten to death just half an hour after he was placed into a two-man cell in Cook County Jail with an inmate who belongs to a rival gang, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.
A security video partially captured Christian Gonzalez, 24, beating Pedro Ruiz with a sock filled with bars of soap for 10 continuous minutes, prosecutors said. He also violently dragged Ruiz by his “shag hairstyle,” according to prosecutors.
Investigators recovered a bloody, ripped sock in the cell and what appeared to be a bloody undershirt and boxers from Gonzalez that he was wearing under a clean set of jail scrubs, prosecutors said.
Gonzalez, a reputed member of the rival Satan Disciples street gang, later told a correctional officer that he beat Ruiz, 19, because he was a rival gang member, according to prosecutors.