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Highland Park parade gunner’s neighbor Robert Crimo regrets turning him away

A neighbor of the Highland Park mass shooting suspect revealed Tuesday that she has a crush on the alleged killer and feels guilty for turning him down a few years ago.

“I’m just thinking about him,” Amy, who declined to give her last name, said of alleged killer Robert “Bobby” Crimo III.

“I didn’t fall asleep last night and I haven’t eaten in two days,” Amy told the Post in an interview Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old lives with her parents in a house two doors down from Crimo’s dad – but she said she first met Crimo, also 21, in March 2020 as a fast food colleague at Panera.

The couple became friends while working at the restaurant together for about a month before the chain restaurant closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In that short time, Amy and Crimo – who were charged with seven first-degree counts in the July Fourth horror – developed feelings for each other, she said.

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Robert Crime is the prime suspect in the shooting death of seven people at the July 4th parade in Highland Park.
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“He said he likes me,” Amy said, but added that they never dated because her “strict” parents wouldn’t let her.

“I was like, but I don’t date. I can’t date,” she said.

Still, working together gave her and Crimo plenty of opportunities to talk and learn about each other’s interests.

“I felt like we’re the same person,” she said. “We liked anime [and] similar music.”

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Crimo was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
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The shooting took place during a July 4 parade in an affluent Chicago suburb.
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Amy said she had no idea Crimo, an aspiring rapper, was interested in guns and other weapons and was unaware of his previous suicide attempt.

“He never told me anything about his social media or his mother or his political views or his gun ownership or suicide attempt,” she said. “I never knew that. Looking back, I think he didn’t want to tell me.”

However, Amy said Crimo has spoken out about his dream of opening a deli with his father. According to the Chicago Sun Times, his father owned and operated Bob’s Pantry & Deli in Highland Park from 2013 to 2018.


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Crimo reportedly said he was holding back Ambition so he could continue working with Amy at Panera.

She told him not to sacrifice his dream for her.

“I [didn’t] wants to stand in his way,” she said. “So I thought maybe if I stopped talking to him, he would.”

She worried about cutting ties with him, which made him angry. Finally he stopped waving to her as they passed each other in the neighborhood.

Bob Krimo
Crimo’s father, also known as Robert, owned and operated Bob’s Pantry & Deli in Highland Park from 2013 to 2018.
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“Every day I would see him walking by and he wouldn’t say hello or goodbye anymore,” Amy said. “I feel like I hurt him. I feel like I was something like a broken glass that stabbed him, that could have hurt him. So I feel guilty that that happened.”

She believes something must have broken him, prompting him to go out and shoot innocent people – resulting in the deaths of seven people.

“He was like the last person I would suspect,” Amy said. “I feel like something obviously pushed him into it.”

Crimo was charged Tuesday with seven counts of first-degree murder in his alleged parade massacre. If convicted, he faces a life sentence.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/05/neighbor-of-highland-park-parade-shooter-robert-crimo-regrets-turning-him-down/ Highland Park parade gunner’s neighbor Robert Crimo regrets turning him away

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