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Two Rockford natives arrested for killing Naperville man, leaving body in dumpster

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A Naperville man whose body was found in a dumpster last year was the target of a burglary plot schemed up by his childhood friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s mother, according to law enforcement officials.

21-year-old Cassandra Green, of Rockford, had allegedly known the victim, 20-year-old Michael Armendariz, since they were 11, the Chicago Tribune reported. Prosecutors allege that Green showed her boyfriend, Ernest Collins, 22, and his mother, Candice Jones, 38, photos of Armendariz posing with large amounts of money and drugs.

Armendariz was last seen on January 14th, 2018. His body was later found in a garbage dumpster on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Prosecutors allege that Green contacted Armendariz for a meet up, and when he got into her SUV, Collins shot him twice in the back of the head. The couple then drove to Jones’ house to dispose of the body.

Green and Collins were arrested in Rockford on Monday. Jones was arrested in Chicago on February 6th.

Prosecutors allege that Jones was the “mastermind” of the crime, and provided the gun that was used to kill Armendariz. The day after Armendariz was killed, Jones allegedly threatened Green, telling her she would kill her and her mother if she ever told anyone about the murder.

“The allegations that a mother aided, planned, helped and encouraged her own son and her son’s girlfriend to commit an armed robbery and a brutal execution of a young man and then hid and concealed the victim’s body in a blue garbage can are shocking,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said during a press conference following bond court. “The facts alleged in this case indicate a complete utter disregard for human life and the rule of law.”

Green told police that the trio had tried to rob Armendariz on at least four prior occasions, which included purchasing lock pick tools to break into his apartment, but could not gain entry.

Following the murder, Collins and Green took his apartment keys and burglarized his apartment the next day.

All three are being held at the DuPage County Jail.

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