Joliet Police Launch Manhunt for Suspect After Eight People Killed in Chicago Suburbs
Joliet, Illinois – Police are on the hunt for a suspect after a series of shootings left eight people dead at three different locations in the Chicago suburbs over the past two days. The Illinois authorities have issued a warning that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
The victims were discovered at three separate locations on Sunday and Monday, according to authorities. The manhunt is currently underway for 23-year-old Romeo Nance, as detectives conduct homicide investigations at two houses. Nance is believed to be driving a red Toyota Camry with the license plate number Q73 0412, as stated by the police.
The motive behind the killings remains unknown, but authorities have confirmed that the suspect knows the victims. Police Chief William Evans of Joliet stated that the victims found in the houses were family members. While he couldn’t confirm if they were related to the suspect, he did mention that the suspect was acquainted with them.
One of the victims, identified as Toyosi Bakare, 28, originally from Nigeria, was found at a home in Will County on Sunday. Seven others were discovered on Monday at two homes in Joliet. The victims’ identities have not been released.
The FBI’s fugitive task force is assisting local police in the search for the suspect. Court records show that Nance had been charged a year ago after allegedly attempting to shoot a woman multiple times in Joliet. He was later arrested near his home after a brief struggle with officers.
Nance faced charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and reckless discharge of a firearm. He was released on a $10,000 bond after posting $100,000. The case is still pending trial.
As the manhunt continues, authorities are urging anyone with information regarding Nance’s whereabouts to come forward. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are working tirelessly to apprehend the suspect.
[Image courtesy of Will County Sheriff’s Office]