Worth shooting: New details about suspects in mother's ATM murder revealed in court

2 Harvey suspects linked to other area armed robberies

Thursday, November 9, 2023
New details about suspects in mother's ATM murder revealed in court
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Tamara Jailynn Johnson and Jason Jerry Joseph Johnson, charged in the fatal Worth shooting of Jonnie Angel Klein, will remain in custody.

WORTH, Ill. (WLS) -- A southwest suburban family was in court on Wednesday to witness the first court appearance for two people accused of killing their loved one.

On Saturday afternoon, Jonnie Angel Klein went to use the ATM of a bank on 111th in Worth. Police said an individual with a gun approached Klein, and after a struggle, she was shot. The mother of two died.

"We hope that the court system will mean justice for Jonnie. Our family deserves justice," said Nick Klein, the victim's cousin.

Worth police said surveillance video shows that the suspects waited for a victim.

"Senseless homicide, and it literally could have been anyone driving through that ATM, they were waiting they were waiting for someone to drive through that ATM," said Worth Police Chief Tim Denton.

Jason Johnson, 23, and Tamara Johnson, 22, have been charged with first-degree murder. On Wednesday, a Cook County judge ordered that the two remain in custody.

In court, a prosecutor revealed the two are also wanted for other armed robberies.

Denton said the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force assisted with the investigation that led to the arrests within 24 hours. He said the suspects spray-painted their car, but even in a different color, a Posen police officer spotted their vehicle.

"This car went from being silver by the manufacturer to white, being used in multiple jurisdictions, including Indiana, to red in our incident, and now, painted blue," Denton said.

Klein leaves behind two children, a 15-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, and she was a caretaker for her ailing mother, who has been battling cancer, her family said.

"They did not care. They did not think about the victims of these crimes. They continue to do these one after another. It's just heartbreaking," said Candice Klein, the victim's cousin. "The victims who have been robbed at gunpoint, the anxiety they must feel. The victims of all their crimes, not just my cousin, it changed their life. Someone has to pay for that."

The two suspects are due back in court later this month. A relative of Tamara Johnson was in court, but she declined comment.

Klein's relatives said they were not surprised to hear that Jonnie fought back. They say she wasn't one to put up with bullies.