Brittany's Friend Arrested on Battery Charge, Bond Set at $100K

A second arrest has been made in connection to the death investigation of Brittany Wawrzyniak.

Lilyanna Arboleda
Lilyanna Arboleda

Less than 30 hours after angry family members and residents shouted down the Worth Village Board demanding answers about police’s handling of a Worth teen’s death investigation, a second person has been arrested.

Police say that Brittany Wawrzyniak set up a deal to buy prescription drugs from Eric Steven Johnson, 21, the evening of Nov. 8, 2013 at a public boat launch near 115th Street and Beloit Avenue. At one point during the meeting, Wawrzyniak fell out of the car.

Lilyanna Arboleda, 18, of the 6800 block of South Kedvale Avenue in Chicago, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit battery in a public place, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

The charges do not mean that Arboleda was responsible for Wawrzyniak’s death, reports said.

Brittany’s mother, Rebecca Tully, said that her daughter did not abuse drugs and that her toxicology reports came back clean from medical examiner’s office. The family believes that Brittany was pushed out of the car.

Earlier this week, Tully and Brittany’s father, Patrick Wawrzyniak, led more than 100 residents to the Worth park district field house where the village board had previously agreed to their board meeting.

Residents screamed questions at the mayor and other elected officials, demanded answers about the way police were handling the death investigation.

Witnesses, including the woman called 911, claimed that police either didn’t contact them for months after the incident, or returned phone calls after repeated attempts to contact police with information.

Worth Police said in a press release that Wawrzyniak and Arboleda arranged the drug deal the night of Nov. 8, 2013, so that Arboleda and another could fight.

Arboleda appeared at the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview on Thursday afternoon, where bail was set at $100,000. She will have to have to remain under house arrest and wear an electronic monitoring device if she is able to post $10,000 bond.

Tully said said that her daughter and Arboleda were friends, but “not best friends.”

Pam Maes April 04, 2014 at 10:32 AM
One step in the right direction. They are getting a little closer....... I hope it continues.
Emma Flahavin April 06, 2014 at 08:25 PM
If this was my daughter I would be asking where I went wrong and how I can set others straight. How does a child get involved in something so malicious? She looks 12 and her piercing, really? No one has the right to take a life unless they are going to harm you and your family, or are attempting at the moment to take yours or your family; I am positive that this young girl who was killed was not doing either in this situation.
CaptainChaos TheMightyoz April 08, 2014 at 01:06 AM
Eric Johnson is GUILTY
CaptainChaos TheMightyoz April 08, 2014 at 01:07 AM
Mary Jane April 09, 2014 at 04:42 PM
This girl was her friend and they were acting well like teenagers. It seems to me this was a horrible accident. I am sure none of these kids had any idea someone would end up dead. I am sure this girl is hurting for her friends death just as everyone else. I know its horrible to lose a child but sometimes there is no one to blame accidents happen. I wanted to blame someone I wanted the person who could of helped to be held responsible but in the end I realized they suffer with their own loss also the loss of a good friend. I pray the family finds comfort somehow and she rests in peace.


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