By David Heinzmann and Matt Walberg | Tribune reporters
12:16 PM CST, February 13, 2008
A parole violator with a resemblance to the man wanted in the quintuple store slaying in Tinley Park was arrested overnight, a law enforcement source said Wednesday morning.
The man, who closely resembled the police sketch of the gunman who killed five women Feb. 2 at a Lane Bryant store, was picked up late Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals' fugitive task force and turned over early Wednesday to the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, the source said.
The man was wanted on a parole violation warrant, authorities said. When investigators pulled his photograph, they noticed a close resemblance to the sketch in the Tinley Park slayings, the source said. Tinley Park Police Cmdr. Rick Bruno emphatically denied that a person was in custody in connection with the Lane Bryant slayings.
"I don't know where you're getting that stuff, but there are no suspects, no arrests and that's the truth," Bruno said.
He said the U.S. Marshals' fugitive task force has not turned over anyone to Tinley Park police or the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.
The marshals made an arrest late Tuesday at a house in Chicago. The man tried to hide but did not aggressively resist arrest, the source said.
No weapon was recovered, the source said, nor was any evidence recovered that tied him to the slayings. The man was on parole for a narcotics conviction, the source said.
The Tinley Park gunman has been described by police as African-American, 25 to 35 years old, with thick cornrows and a slim braid decorated with green beads along the right side of his face, 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall, and 200 to 230 pounds with broad shoulders and a husky build.