Oxford University man and USA professor arrested for Chicago murder

Casey Dawson
August 6, 2017

A Northwestern University professor, Wyndham Lathem, and a staffer from Britain's Oxford University, Andrew Warren, were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Oakland, California, Friday after a national manhunt in connection to a murder in Chicago, Illinois.

"Our primary focus is to facilitate a safe surrender and we strongly encourage Professor Lathem and Mr. Warren to do the right thing and turn themselves into any police department in the USA or contact CPD [the Chicago Police Department] and we will make any necessary accommodations", Guglielmi said.

Warren, of Swindon, Wilts, used to be a Stagecoach driver before becoming a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College at the University of Oxford.

Their arrests were confirmed by Chief Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who said that the pair had been taken into custody "without incident".

Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hairstylist, was found dead in a Chicago apartment last week with multiple stab wounds.

Lathem on Friday allegedly recorded a video message in which he apologized to the friends and family of the victim, police said. "We are also thankful that this did not end in further tragedy".

The deputy marshal said Lathem had never been arrested before and that people in that situation usually panic and make decisions they normally wouldn't make.

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"They knew the seriousness of the charges, the seriousness of the case and how important it was that he be brought into custody, not have to live a life on the run", Conroy said. But what remains to be determined is how the two men knew Warren, or whether they knew Warren before he flew stateside from the United Kingdom.

Mr Warren and Mr Lathem will appear in court in the coming days.

Authorities haven't disclosed a possible motive for the killing.

Surveillance cameras recorded both suspects leaving Cornell-Duranleau's upscale apartment shortly after the murder, according to police, and authorities issued warrants for their arrest on Wednesday.

Lake Geneva police say a person handed the sum in cash to a library employee, but detectives admit they do not know why.

Guglielmi told ABC News Friday the two suspects donated $1,000 in the victim's name to the public library in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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