Police: Stabbing suspects made donation in victim's name

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 19:23:17-04

CHICAGO (AP) -- Investigators believe that the Northwestern University professor and the University of Oxford staffer wanted in the fatal stabbing of a Chicago man drove to Wisconsin after the slaying and made a $1,000 donation in the dead man's name to a library there.

Chicago police spokesman Frank Giancamilli says it's unclear why Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren made the donation after the slaying of Trenton James  Cornell-Duranleau. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, police Lt. Ed Gritzner says a  person handed a library worker $1,000 in cash.

"That would be a substantial donation and definitely appreciated and want to be recognized," Gritzner said. "But in this case, the individual who turned out to be a suspect did not wish to leave a name and that was found out later through the Chicago Police Department."

Gritzner says none of the men involved are known to the Lake Geneva Police Department. However, Lathem has ties to Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1998 to 2003 where he received his Ph.D. in Microbiology.

But the stop in Lake Geneva is as confusing to him as anyone else.

"It's an odd one," Gritzner said. "A lot of times, people that are involved in this type of thing, they panic. This is not something someone who was panicking would do."

Chicago Police say Lathem has been sending apology videos to friends and family. Police say in the video, Lathem says, "It's the biggest mistake of his life." Police say they have an idea of Lathem and Warren's whereabouts but consider both men to be armed and dangerous.

Cornell-Duranleau's body was found in Lathem's Chicago apartment on the night of July 27. Police suspect he was killed several hours earlier and that the donation was made before the body was found. Authorities believe Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau were involved in some sort of relationship and had "some type of falling out."

Also, according to an article in The Sun in London, Warren had bragged online of his "passion for bondage and torture."

Cornell-Duranleau moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area after receiving his cosmetology license.