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Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo’s father opens up about his son

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — The father of the accused July 4 parade killer told the Post on Wednesday his son spoke about a mass shooting in Denmark the night before his own massacre began — and had his hands washed with guilt over the suspect getting his Weapon.

The father, Robert Crimo Jr. – who has tapped one of R. Kelly’s attorneys to fight claims he helped his mentally disturbed child buy guns – said he and son Robert Crimo III died the night before the shooting spoke on Monday about the 22-year-old Danish man who shot dead three people in a shopping center outside Copenhagen on Sunday.

“He’s like, ‘Yeah, that guy’s an idiot.’ That’s what he said!” The father remembered his son’s saying about the Denmark shooter.

The father said his son added: “People like that… [commit mass shootings] to cheer up the people who want to ban all guns.”

Robert Crimo Jr
Robert Crimo Jr. told the Post he thinks his son, suspected Highland Park gunman Robert Crimo III, should get a long prison sentence.
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“I spoke to him 13 hours ago [Monday’s massacre]. That’s probably why I’m so shocked. … Like, did he have a psychiatric break or something?” said the father of his son.

On Tuesday, Steven Greenberg, who previously represented R. Kelly in the federal sex trafficking case of the fallen Brooklyn singing superstar, announced that Crimo Jr. and his estranged wife Denise arrested him after their son’s arrest.

The father, a former local mayoral candidate who used to run a neighborhood sandwich shop, faced a wave of criticism for sponsoring his son’s gun license application, which allowed Crimo III to purchase four guns before the age of 21, including his alleged killing weapon.

The father sponsored the application three months after authorities deemed his son a “clear and present danger” for threatening to kill relatives in 2019.

Robert Krimo III
Robert Crimo III was labeled a “clear and present danger” after an incident in 2019 in which he threatened to kill his entire family.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office

The incident, which led to police briefly confiscating a sword, dagger and 15 knives from the shooter’s home, was just a “childish outburst” and the knives were “just a collection,” Crimo Jr. said Wednesday to The Post.

“You know, I used to collect coins and baseball cards,” the father said.

Crimo Jr. said he decided to sponsor his son’s firearms owner’s ID — or FOID, which allowed the young man to purchase the AR-15 used in the attack — because he thought Crimo III would use the gun , to go to the shooting offer.

“He bought everything himself and they are registered to him,” the father said of his son’s guns.

Surveillance footage showed Robert Crimo III walking down the street in what appeared to be women's clothing.
Surveillance footage showed Robert Crimo III walking down the street in what appeared to be women’s clothing.
Highland Park PD via REUTERS

“You know, he drove there, he ordered them, he picked them up, they did his background check on everyone,” Crimo Jr. said, insisting he had “zero” involvement in the massacre.


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“You make me feel like I prepared him to do all this,” he said of critics. “I’ve been here my whole life and I’m going to stay here, keep my head high because I haven’t done anything wrong.”

Crimo Jr., who has told reporters that he is not the shooter’s father but a caretaker of the home, said he and the suspect’s mother were “devastated” and “devastated” at the bloodshed.

Denise Crime, mother of Robert Crimo III, walks in front of her house on Wednesday.
Denise Crime, mother of Robert Crimo III, walks in front of her house on Wednesday.
Daniel William McKnight for the NY Post
A woman prays at a memorial to the victims of the July 4th mass shooting.
A woman prays at a memorial to the victims of the July 4th mass shooting.
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While the father said he fully supports his son and will continue to attend all of his court hearings, he was “furious” at his boy’s alleged actions.

“I want a long sentence,” Crimo said of his 21-year-old son.

“That’s life. You know there are consequences for your actions. He made a choice. He didn’t have to. I think there’s obviously mental illness there. … I haven’t seen much of it.”

Crimo Jr. insisted his son’s crimes were not motivated by hate, noting that a relative of one of his lifelong friends was injured in the shooting.

“I’m speechless. It just surprised me so much. It’s terrible,” he said when asked about the victims.

“It’s surreal. I mean, basically I lost a son too. It sucks.”

https://nypost.com/2022/07/06/highland-park-shooter-robert-crimo-father-speaks-about-son/ Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo’s father opens up about his son

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