Defendant charged in 19-year-old Elk Grove Village murder case ordered held at Cook County jail

A former Elk Grove Village man charged with the 2005 shooting death of a man he suspected was having an affair with his wife was ordered held at Cook County jail Friday following a detention hearing at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.

Juvenal Salto, 63, is charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 28, 2005, death of Adolfo Jungo, 32, who prosecutors said was shot while sitting in his car in a fast food restaurant’s parking lot in the 2000 block of Busse Road, Elk Grove.

Prosecutors say about 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2005, Salto met with a taxi driver and arranged to have him follow his wife in exchange for $60, said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Grace Hitzeman. The cabdriver followed Salto’s wife from her workplace to the fast food restaurant, then called Salto to inform him where she was, Hitzeman said.

Salto’s wife and Jungo met at about 12:15 a.m. Jan. 28, 2005, so he could return a cassette tape, authorities said. After the woman entered Jungo’s vehicle to talk, she noticed a large vehicle pull up behind them and her husband exit with a gun in his hand, Hitzeman said.

According to Hitzeman, Salto pointed the gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. The woman said she heard her husband fire multiple shots as she ran away, Hitzeman said.

Jungo’s body was discovered after someone called Elk Grove police to report a suspicious vehicle. A Cook County medical examiner’s autopsy determined the cause of death “was multiple gunshot wounds at close range and the manner of death was homicide.”

Police say evidence recovered pointed to Salto’s involvement, but they were unable to make an arrest at that time. Investigators continued to develop leads and police eventually located Salto in Mexico and extradited him to the United States .

Cook County Assistant Public Defender Neil Toppel said his client’s wife denied any involvement and denied meeting Jungo that night. It was only after police told her they were going to keep her overnight in a cell, that “she changed her story,” said Toppel adding that she is not a credible person and could be a suspect in the case.

Salto next appears in court on March 15.

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