HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois — A judge has denied bail for the suspect accused of killing seven people and injuring several others in Highland Park.
Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, 21, was charged Tuesday with seven counts of first-degree murder. Officials said he sprayed more than 70 rounds from a rooftop into a crowd attending a July 4 parade in Highland Park. Prosecutors said he reloaded his gun three times.
Lake County Prosecutor Eric Rinehart said that if Crimo were convicted of first-degree murder, he would receive a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole. He promised to press dozens of other charges.
Crimo appeared before bail court practically Wednesday morning, where a judge denied bail. Officials at a news conference said a motive was still unclear.
Rinehart said after Crimo’s arrest, he confessed to officers and admitted to the shooting.
Crimo legally purchased five guns, including two high-powered rifles, which were used in the gunfight. Authorities said Tuesday the purchases were allowed despite police being called to his home twice in 2019 over threats of violence and suicide.
The attack came at around 10:10 a.m. Monday at the downtown parade after gunshots were fired near Central Avenue and 2nd Street.
Officials said on Tuesday Crimo was wearing a dress and a long-haired wig – possibly to hide his distinctive neck and face tattoos – and was able to blend in with the crowd by posing as a spectator. After the shooting, he went to his mother’s house, where he took her car and left the area. He was caught after someone recognized him and called the North Chicago Police Department.
He was arrested on Route 41 in Lake County after being searched for several hours. Police said Crimo was able to drive to Wisconsin and back to Illinois after the shooting.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli said their investigation found that while driving into Madison, Crimo saw a celebration there and considered using the firearm in his vehicle to commit another shooting .
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Lake County Coroner’s Office identified six of the seven victims. They are; Catherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park, Irina McCarthy, 35, of Highland Park, Kevin McCarthy, 37, of Highland Park, Jacki Sundheimm, 63, of Highland Park, Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park, and Nicolas Toledo, 78, from Morales, Mexico.
The seventh victim was identified Wednesday as 69-year-old Eduardo Uvaldo. He was pronounced dead around 7:45 a.m. that morning.
Anyone with information or video is urged to call the Highland Park Police Department at 847-432-7730 or you can send a tip to fbi.gov/highlandpark.
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