Mystery deepens as suspect in killing of Chicago family-of-four and their three dogs is shot dead in burning car 650 miles away in Oklahoma: Female person of interest is pulled from car with bullet wounds
Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, her husband Alberto Rolon, 38, and their children Adriel, 9, and Diego, seven, were shot in their family bungalow in Chicago on Sunday
Police believe the family was killed sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday.
Nathaniel Huey Jr, 31, from Streamwood, Illinois , was named a ‘person of interest’ along with a woman ‘with a relationship’ to him
Two days after the family was found slain, the Huey’s female companion Ermalinda Palomo was reported as a missing/endangered person, by her family on Tuesday night
On Wednesday, the pair spotted in a car by police 650 miles away in Catoosa, Oklahoma
Refusing to stop they tried to speed away before ending up in a fiery car crashing
Two shots were heard before police reached the crash scene and found Huey dead in the driver’s seat, his critically injured companion Palomo, died in hospital later on Wednesday
Romeoville police said: ‘Evidence has shown us a nexus between our suspect and the victims as well as possible motive,’ but did not reveal further details
Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, her husband Alberto Rolon and their children Adriel, 10, and Diego, seven, were all found dead from gunshot injuries in their family bungalow in Romeoville, a suburb of Chicago on Sunday
A suspect in the killing of a Chicago family-of-four and their three dogs has been shot dead in a burning car after fleeing from police in Oklahoma on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Zoraida Bartolomei, her husband Alberto Rolon and their children Adriel and Diego were shot in their home in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, on Sunday. The killers also shot the family’s three dogs.
Nathaniel Huey Jr, a 31-year-old from Streamwood, Illinois, was identified as “a credible suspect” in the quadruple-homicide case, as well as a woman ‘with a relationship’ to him, later identified as Ermalinda Palomo .
With law enforcement hunting the the two suspects, Huey was killed and his female companion was wounded by gunfire and later died of her injuries on Wednesday after a fiery crash in Oklahoma.
The woman had been reported missing and in danger by her family on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, an SUV linked to Huey was spotted in Catoosa, around 650 miles away from the crime scene, on Wednesday.
Officers said they tried to stop the vehicle but it sped away.
The SUV crashed and caught on fire and two gunshots were heard. It was not clear who fired the shots. Police found Huey fatally shot in the driver’s seat and Palomo critically injured.
Nathaniel Huey Jr, a suspect in Sunday’s killing of a Chicago family of four and their three dogs was found shot dead in his burning SUV after fleeing from police in Catoosa, Oklahoma on Wednesday. The crash happened 650 miles away from the crime scene just outside Chicago
Romeoville Deputy Chief Chris Burne revealed Huey was found dead in a burning car after he was identified as a suspect. Ermalinda Palomo was found in the passenger seat with a gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she later died.
Attorney John Paul Ivec said Palomo, a mother of five, who also had five grandchildren, had no criminal history and was a victim of a murder-suicide.
Chief Burne did not elaborate on possible motives in the murders of Alberto Rolon, 38, Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, and their two sons, Diego, 7, and Adriel, 9, who were found shot to death in their Romeoville home Sunday. Three dogs were also found dead.
A vehicle linked to him was identified in Catoosa using a license plate reader and authorities tried to stop him but he sped away.
It led to the car crashing and catching on fire. ‘Officers on scene heard two noises believed to be gun shots,’ Burne said.
Huey was found dead in the driver’s seat and Palomo who was had also been shot and critically wounded. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries on Wednesday.
Nathaniel Huey Jr, a 31-year-old from Streamwood, Illinois , was named a ‘person of interest’ in the shooting along with a woman ‘with a relationship’ to him in the shooting of Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, her husband Alberto Rolon and their children Adriel and Diego, in their family bungalow in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville on Sunday
The incident led to the lanes of westbound Interstate 44, near Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, to be temporarily shut down at around 11.30am.
Police determined the shooting of the family was ‘not a random incident’ and there is no reason for the public to stay indoors following the fatal shooting.
Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Burne said: ‘Evidence has shown us a nexus between our suspect and the victims as well as possible motive,’ but he refused to reveal further details on the possible motive.
Multiple murder suspect Nathaniel Huey Jr. [left], shot his companion Ermalinda Palomo Ermalinda Palomo a mother of five, and grandmother, before shooting himself in a murder-suicide after crashing his SUV on Wednesday
‘Although Huey is identified as a suspect, this is still an active and evolving investigation,’ a police statement said. ‘This portion of the incident is still unfolding.’
‘We were able to determine this was not a random incident and there was no cause for a shelter in place order,’ Burne said on Tuesday.
‘This incident is the police department’s top priority.’ Officers were called to the family’s property on the 500 block of Concord Avenue for a welfare check.
Their family said they have no idea why anyone would want to kill them, and Zoraida’s devastated sister has issued a plea for answers.
One of Zoraida and Alberto did not show up to work on Sunday and did not answer calls from relatives which caused concern.
Police tragically discovered the dead bodies and believe the shooting occurred between 9pm on Saturday and 5am on Sunday.
The Will County Major Crimes Task Force is helping investigators collect evidence and review video, Burne said.
Chicago quadruple-murder suspect Nathaniel Huey Jr. [photo], died Wednesday morning, after a police chase in Catoosa, Oklahoma, after he tried fleeing police. The chase ended in a single-car crash on Interstate 44, and the suspect vehicle caught fire
A vehicle linked to Nathaniel Huey was identified police using a license plate reader on Wednesday in in Catoosa, Oklahoma – 650 miles from the crime scene. law enforcement tried to stop the vehicle, but he sped away
After the chase ended with the suspect’s trapped in the inferno of their crashed vehicle, Huey was found dead in a burning car with the female passenger critically wounded, both had been shot. She succumbed to her injuries shortly after
‘All officers and professional staff have been working tirelessly on this case. Our detectives and crime scene investigators have spent the last 36 hours collecting a tremendous amount of physical evidence.’
Romeoville Police described Huey as “irrational and erratic” with extensive firearms training.
Huey reportedly owned a private security company called Black Bear Security, LLC, with a Streamwood address listed, according to state business license records.
Investigators said they had images of Huey “pictured with assault rifles.”
Huey’s company’s Facebook page posted ads showing him armed, along with photos of guns and an apparent silencer, ammunition magazines, and a knife with the words, “I can and I will.”
Police discovered the dead bodies following a welfare check on Sunday. The shooting occurred between 9pm on Saturday and 5am on Sunday, cops said, adding that they found ‘Evidence has shown us a nexus between our suspect and the victims as well as possible motive,’ without elaboration
Zoraida’s sister Bryana Bartolomei shared a photo of the family, originally from Puerto Rico, on Facebook.
She wrote: ‘I want to know what happened to my nephews, my sister, her husband, and WHY?
‘They were shot and killed in their home.’
The family posted photos of the family showing Zoraida and Alberto beaming with their two sons. Speaking from Puerto Rico, Zoraida’s mother Lydia revealed she last spoke with her daughter shortly before her death on the weekend as the family settled down to watch a movie, and she could not understand why they had been targeted, adding that the couple were ‘so happy’ and had only bought their $250,000 Romeoville home five months ago.
Relatives created a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses for the couple and their two children, identified as Adriel and Diego. As of Wednesday night, it had raised more than $34,566, of the $28,000 target.
Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Burne said: ‘Evidence has shown us a nexus between our suspect and the victims as well as possible motive’
It was determined that the shooting of the family was ‘not a random incident’ and there is no reason for the public to stay indoors
The couple were ‘so happy’ and had only just bought their $250,000 Romeoville home five months ago, Zoraida’s mother said.
Friends described them as ‘hardworking people that had just bought their first home’.
‘Their kids were the sweetest most innocent angels who could hug your worries away,’ the fundraiser says.
‘In just a few hours their lives, their family’s lives completely changed. The world is going to be a much dimmer place without them.’
Community members have been providing information and evidence to help piece together what happened. Burne is calling for more assistance including Ring doorbell footage.