Questioned by the Highland Park police, Robert Crimo was informed of his rights, then
gave details of what he had doneLake County Attorney General Eric Rinehart said at a press conference after the suspect’s first appearance.
He admitted what he had done.
Based on the information obtained through the investigation so far, the judge concluded that the evidence was such that he should remain in detention, he continued, explaining that the penalty for the crimes with which he is charged is life in prison without the possibility of release. His preliminary hearing has been set for July 28.
Crimo did not enter a plea before the judge. He only spoke briefly to announce that he had no lawyer. A legal aid lawyer was subsequently assigned to him.
In court, Mr. Rinehart’s deputy, Ben Dillon, first revealed that Crimo had confessed. According to him, the investigators in the file found 83 casings and three chargers on the roof of the building where the killer was. According to him, the killing was committed with a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic rifle.
Accompanying Mr Rinehart, County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Covelli, for his part, claimed that Robert Crimo had planned to carry out a second shooting in Madison, in the neighboring state of Wisconsin, where he had fled driving from his mother’s car.
It seems that while driving […] he saw there was a party in Madison and he seriously considered using [une seconde] firearm he had in his vehicle to do another shootinghe described, adding that it did not seem to have been planned beforehand.
Robert Crimo eventually turned around and returned to Illinois, where he was arrested Monday evening. He was formally charged on Tuesday with seven murders, but dozens more charges will almost certainly be brought against him over the next few days, prosecutor Rinehart said.
Weapons purchased legally
Christopher Covelli reiterated on Wednesday that Robert Crimo had bought five different guns completely legally, despite being known to the police. Officers intervened twice with him because of behavior suggesting that he could be violent towards himself or others.
A first call reporting that Crimo could commit suicide was made in April 2019, followed by a second call, in September 2019, reporting comments from the young man that he could
kill everyonein a reference to his family members.
After that second call, officers seized 16 knives, a dagger and a sword belonging to Robert Crimo, Covelli said, but officers had no reasonable grounds to detain him and so did not. Crimo’s father eventually said the knives belonged to him and they were returned.
At that time, however, Crimo did not possess a weapon or a license to carry weapons.
Under Illinois law, individuals may be prohibited from purchasing weapons if they have been convicted of a serious crime (felony), if they are drug addicts or if they are considered likely to be violent towards themselves or others. However, this must be determined by the competent authorities.
The state also has a law of
red flag (warning) which allows the police to seize the weapons of people deemed dangerous. A request on this subject must however be presented to the authorities by family members, relatives, roommates of the person concerned or the police.
According to Christopher Covelli, no
red flag was only lifted when Crimo bought his guns.