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University professor and Oxford employee arrested over Chicago murder

There had been a nationwide manhunt in the US for the two men.

chicago Lathem (left) and Warren Source: Chicago Police

US AUTHORITIES HAVE arrested employees of two prestigious universities accused in the stabbing death of a Chicago hairstylist, following a nationwide manhunt.

Wyndham Lathem, 42, of Northwestern University in Chicago and Andrew Warren, 56, of Oxford University in England, are in police custody in Oakland, California, according a Chicago police spokesman.

The pair had been named as suspects in the attack that was so brutal the blade of the knife used in the murder had broken off, police said.

Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hairstylist, was found dead in a Chicago apartment last week with multiple stab wounds. Yesterday authorities said Lathem had sent a video message to friends and family members apologising for the crime.

Officials have not disclosed the connection between the two suspects or their relationship with the victim.

Lathem is a medical researcher and associate professor at Northwestern University’s downtown Chicago campus. He has been employed by the university for 10 years.

Northwestern said in a statement that Lathem was “placed on administrative leave and banned from entering the Northwestern University campuses”.

Donation to library 

On a university web page that has since been deleted, Warren was listed as a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College.

Among the unanswered questions is why Warren suddenly left Britain for his first trip to Chicago on 24 July, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Another mystery is a $1,000 (about €850) donation to a library in the neighboring state of Wisconsin made after the attack in the victim’s name, according to the newspaper.

© AFP 2017

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