Monday, August 18, 2008

Suspect Arrested In Savage Murder of Chicago Cop And Friend

Chicago--It was a reprehensible crime committed against off duty Bomb & Arson detective Robert Soto and his friend Kathryn Romberg, a supervisor for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. They were sitting in Soto’s SUV when they were selected by a thug for a robbery, double murder.

The crime happened outside Romberg’s apartment building located in the 3000 block of West Franklin Blvd.

Soto was able to use his cell phone to call for help and alert police to the crime and offenders before he died from his wounds.

Ex-convict, Jason Austin, 26, of the 500 block of North Le Claire has been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery, Police Supt. Jody Weis announced at a news conference on Monday. Austin has five prior convictions, including drug possession and battery.

Here is a video report from CLTV:


Anonymous said...

Was the Officer carrying or is that against Chicago PD SOP? I bet perp Austin wasn't following the gun laws. Another testament to good people dying because of "feel good" ludicrous laws and politicians.

Crimefile said...

The information I have is that Det. Soto had his service weapon locked in his glove compartment. That really bad idea may have cost both his friend and his lives.

Too often when cops are killed it has too much to do with not following their training.

Predatory criminals look for distracted and inattentive victims. It looks like this was the case here.

I hope that both cops and those law abiding people that carry firearms for self-defense learn from this event.

We can blame the criminal for sure but he was just doing what criminals do. It’s too bad that we are not hearing the reverends and media cop haters whining about another rabid dog shot dead by an intended victim.

Anonymous said...

Another M/1 offender,what a surprise.