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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 19, 2019

Elk Grove Village Man Charged with Trying to Murder Postal Carrier on New Year’s Eve

CHICAGO — An Elk Grove Village man has been indicted in federal court on charges he tried to kill a postal carrier on New Year’s Eve.

CAMERON RUEBUSCH, 24, is charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  A co-defendant, RONALD BEYER, JR., 24, of Mount Prospect, is charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact to the assault allegedly committed by Ruebusch.

The indictment was returned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Arraignments have not yet been scheduled.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Craig Goldberg, Inspector-in-Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago.  The Elk Grove Village Police Department worked closely with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and provided substantial assistance during the investigation.  The government is represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chester Choi.

According to the indictment and a criminal complaint previously filed in the case, Ruebusch shot the U.S. Postal Service carrier on Dec. 31, 2018, in Elk Grove Village.  According to the complaint, the mail carrier had recently completed a delivery in the 200 block of West Brantwood Avenue when Ruebusch approached the USPS vehicle and said something to the effect of, “What’s up man?”  The mail carrier put the vehicle in drive and drove away as Ruebusch fired a handgun, the charges allege.  The mail carrier was wounded but survived.

Beyer allegedly drove Ruebusch from the scene after the shooting.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The attempted murder and assault charges are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the maximum sentence for each of the firearm counts is ten years.  The accessory charge against Beyer is punishable by up to ten years.  If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated April 19, 2019