Piotr Bobak, the boyfriend of Clarisa Figueroa, the woman accused of murdering a pregnant teenager in order to cut the baby out of her womb, had multiple Facebook pages, and one of them shared a photo of an “ultrasound” on Facebook late last year.
The Facebook page using the name “Peter Bobak” also shared a GoFundMe page that claimed Clarisa Figueroa had given birth; the baby, Chicago police now say, was actually the newborn child of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, whose body was found in a trash can behind the home where Figueroa lived.
The baby has also now died.
Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, now stand accused of murder. Authorities say Clarisa Figueroa lured Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to her Chicago-area house with a promise of a baby stroller before murdering the teen and cutting the baby from Marlen’s womb. Clarisa Figueroa then dialed 911, police say, and the baby remains in grave condition in the hospital.
Police now allege that Clarisa’s own adult daughter helped her strangle Ochoa-Lopez with a coaxial cable.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Piotr Bobak Is Accused of Concealing the Homicide & He Shared an Ultrasound Picture to His Page
Piotr Bobak is charged in connection with Ochoa-Lopez’s death, according to authorities. However, he’s charged with concealing the murder, not committing it.
Bobak, the boyfriend of Clarisa Figueroa, was accused of concealing a homicidal death. “He concealed the murder,” Chicago police commander Brendan Deenihan alleged in a news conference. On his Facebook profile, Bobak wrote: “My Baby hopefully twins Love Clarissa.” His page describes him as “self-employed” and says he lives in Bridgeport, Illinois.
Bobak’s Facebook page contains, as a cover photo, an ultrasound picture from 2018 in the name of Clarisa Figueroa. He posted it in October 2018, according to the page.
Internet sleuths have unearthed gag pictures of ultrasounds; one looks extremely similar.
Piotr Bobak appears to have multiple Facebook pages; another page in the name Pete Bobak shared a December 2018 ultrasound in January 2019.
Chicago police commander Brendan Deenihan said detectives went to the hospital on May 7 and spoke to Figueroa. She denied meeting with Marlen at her house but admitted knowing her and “meeting her in the past,” he claimed. “We recovered DNA from the baby and from the actual father,” he added, saying that authorities then subpoenaed the hospital records. From there, the scheme unraveled and led to the tragic recovery of the teenager’s body, authorities say.
Authorities had learned that Clarisa Figueroa claimed “to have given birth to a child who was not breathing. Through DNA testing, we are now certain that the child was Ms. Ochoa’s,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s name has also been given as Marlen Ochoa and Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui.
Police announced the charges on May 16, 2019. Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was found dead early Wednesday on May 15, 2019. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the baby is on life support and is brain dead.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Figueroa called 911 in a panic to report that the child was “pale and blue,” and the baby was taken to the hospital, where he remains.
Deenihan said in the press conference that authorities have evidence of Marlen’s car being in the area on April 23 and four hours later “our defendant Clarisa calls 911 with a newborn baby stating, ‘I just had a baby.'” He said that Marlen had already been murdered at this point.
In one now chilling posting, Clarisa Figueroa appears to have posted in a group for mothers on March 5, writing, “Who is due in May. Where is the May mama’s at.”
2. Clarisa Figueroa Is Accused of Meeting Ochoa-Lopez Through a Facebook Group
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was just 19. Authorities say the nine-months-pregnant Illinois teen thought she was going to the older’s woman’s home to get a stroller and possibly baby clothes after meeting Figueroa through a Facebook group called Help A Sister Out.
The first contact between the pregnant teenager and Clarisa Figueroa allegedly came through the Facebook group.
A screenshot of Marlen’s post on April 22 to the Help a Sister Out page reads, “Mommies in here by any chance is anyone selling, trading or just simply donating a Double Stroller your babies don’t use anymore? I just really need one for my baby soon to be born and my 2 year old. Preferably neutral color. I’d really appreciate it. It’ll be such a great help. I’m also selling a single stroller neutral for $50 brand new in box willing to trade for a double stroller. Near South Side around Gage park. I can pick up.”
People have also posted a screenshot purportedly showing Figueroa’s alleged response.
Marlen: “Clarisa Figueroa what’s your location hun.”
Clarisa: “I’m on the southside of Chicago by 79th and Pulaski if you want to wait a week my girl has all brand New boy clothes her son never wore.”
Marlen: “Yes girl that’s fine thank you so much.”
Clarisa: “No problem girl I know how it is she was lucky to have two baby showers so she just loves to spread the wealth. I’m fine with the help inbox me for more info ok.”
“Words cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Police Superintendent Johnson said in the news conference. He called the victim “a wonderful young woman and expectant mother who was nine months pregnant” and said she was in communication with “one of the offenders.” On May 14, 2019, the investigation “took a terrible turn” when authorities located the remains of a “female in a trash can,” who was identified as Ochoa-Lopez, the police superintendent said. The murder weapon was found in the same location, authorities said.
Chicago’s police chief said in a news conference, “All of us up here are parents, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. So it doesn’t escape us, the emotional” cost “this takes on people….They (Ochoa-Lopez’s family) should be celebrating the birth of a young baby. Instead they’re mourning the death of this young lady and possibly the child.” The baby is fighting for his life and is in “grave condition,” according to Johnson.
Ochoa-Lopez was married. “Why did these people, why did these bad people do this? She did nothing to them,” said Yovani Lopez, her husband, to The Chicago Tribune. “She was a good person.”
According to authorities, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was strangled to death after being lured to a home where Figueroa was living and where Marlen’s baby was cut from her womb. The home was located in the 4100-block of West 77th Place in Chicago’s Scottsdale neighborhood.
ABC 7 reported that Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was reported missing three weeks ago from Pilsen.
Deenihan said in a news conference that it was a “terrible crime scene.”
Deenihan explained that, on the 23rd of April, Marlen was last seen and her husband reported her missing the next day. Through May 7, he said, “detectives were working with family and friends to try to locate Marlen and her car.” At that time, authorities had no idea she was allegedly at the Figueroa residence, he said.
“We were using all available technology to see if we could locate Marlen and her car but were unable to do so,” he said, adding that authorities were also checking hospitals to see if Marlen had delivered a baby. One of Marlen’s friends then stated to the detectives that Marlen was on a chat site on Facebook. Authorities then alleged that they found out that Marlen “was in contact with a Clarisa Figueroa, who is our charged offender at this time, and she was involved in this Facebook group.”
Deenihan confirmed that Marlen had allegedly arranged to pick up baby items from Figueroa. Detectives then traced Figueroa’s home and they knocked on the door. They encountered Clarisa’s daughter, who claimed her mother “was at the hospital,” he said. Desiree then allegedly claimed her “mom had just delivered a baby,” according to Deenihan. He said that detectives quickly located Marlen’s car nearby.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that neighbors thought Clarisa was acting odd; she claimed she was pregnant, calling it a “miracle,” but drank alcohol and smoked, and a daughter of Figueroa’s allegedly labeled her a liar.
3. Piotr Bobak’s Facebook Account Shared a GoFundMe Page That Falsely Claimed Clarisa Had Given Birth to His ‘Son’
After the murder, a now-deleted GoFundMe page popped up that claimed Clarisa Figueroa had given birth. Piotr Bobak’s Facebook page shared it in early May.
“I am reaching out today on behalf of a precious little angel… Xander Xavier Bobak,” reads a screenshot of the page. “The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Christ Hospital is a special place, that I hope none of you ever need to be a part of. This part of the hospital is where they care for the sickest and tiniest babies, who may live in the hospital for months at a time. Life in the NICO is a roller-coaster ride for families – the ups and downs can be incredibly satisfying or equally heartbreaking. Watching a one pound baby, who quite literally fits in the palm of an adult hand, grow up to laugh and play is nothing short of a miracle. But sadly not every parent has that joy.”
Here’s the second and third pages of the GoFundMe screenshot.
It reads, in part, “On April 23rd, Clarisa Figueroa, pregnant at 36 weeks found herself terrified as she began to experience abnormal labor pains while alone in her house. Within moments, she gave birth to her son Xander at 7lbs as she called 911 and followed the instructions of the emergency dispatcher.”
On Facebook, in a post still visible, Figueroa’s boyfriend called Marlen’s child his “son.”
“My son is a fighter made it this far ,but not much time left ,life support, brain dead,very little function in the brain. Born 4/23/19 6:39pm,” Peter Bobak posted on one of his still-visible Facebook pages, sharing the GoFundMe.
The cache for the now-deleted GoFundMe page reads, “Fundraiser for Angelita Campos by Clarisa Figueroa …May 6, 2019 – Angelita Campos needs your help today! Baby Xander -NICU – I am reaching out today on behalf of a precious little angel…..Xander Xavier.”
The GoFundMe sought $9,000, according to The Tribune.
4. Authorities Say Clarisa Figueroa’s Daughter Helped Her Mother Murder Marlen Ochoa
Authorities now say that Clarisa Figueroa’s own daughter helped her murder the pregnant teenager.
“Desiree Figueroa confesses that she assisted her mother in strangling Marlen,” Deenihan said in the news conference as he detailed how authorities’ investigation proceeded. “At that point we were able to charge all of these offenders.”
Deenihan added, “Detectives obviously…once they got to this house and interviewed Desiree and Clarisa, they knew they needed to get DNA…to prove this case.”
On May 14, detectives had executed a search warrant at the Figueroa home and discovered a “garbage can in a hidden area on the premises and unfortunately that’s when they discovered the remains of Marlen,” said Deenihan.
“The cause of death was strangulation,” Deenihan said. Superintendent Johnson said authorities assume the motive was to “raise the child as their own.”
The device used to strangle Marlen was recovered. Burnt clothes, “blood indication,” bleach and cleaning solutions were also recovered from the Figueroa home, Deenihan said.
5. Clarisa Figueroa Wrote on Facebook That She Previously Lost a Son
According to her Facebook page, Clarisa Figueroa wrote that she “studied at The University of Chicago,” and “went to Chicago Vocational High School.” She wrote that she lives in Chicago, Illinois and is from Chicago. Her page is filled with pictures of cars.
In July 2017, Figueroa posted a photo with a man that remains her profile picture on Facebook. “My son passed away,” she wrote when comment writers inquired what had happened. “OMG so sorry Clarisa Figueroa. So sorry for your loss. I remember when we were roommates and he was just a baby. May God be with you and your family right now and always,” wrote one woman.
His name was given as Xaxier, the middle name given to Marlen’s baby by the accused killer.
Clarisa responded, “Well we started a go fund me page to try and collect donations because we weren’t prepared for this so any thing will help it’s in my wall.” Her last visible post, from 2018, on Facebook is a drawing of that man’s name.
The police superintendent confirmed that, in 2017, Clarisa’s “20something son passed away from natural causes.”