Two men wanted for Chicago murder taken into custody in California

By Daniel Uria  |  Aug. 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Two men wanted in the fatal stabbing of a Chicago man were taken into custody by authorities in California on Friday.

Andrew Warren, 56, and Wyndham Lathem, 42, were taken into custody "without incident" for the July 27 murder of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, who was found dead from multiple lacerations to his body in Lathem's Chicago apartment.

Lathem surrendered to U.S. Marshals at the federal courthouse in Oakland and Warren walked into the San Francisco Police Department's Park District Station to turn himself in.

The two men are expected to appear before a court in California before begin extradited to Chicago.

"Both individuals will be held accountable for their actions, and we hope today's arrest brings some small level of closure and justice for the victim's family," Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. "We are also thankful both men are safely in custody and this did not end in further tragedy."

Guglielmi said Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University, had some kind of relationship with Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from Michigan to work in a salon, but the two had "some type of falling out" before the fatal stabbing.

Warren, who worked in an administrative position at Oxford's Somerville College, traveled to the United States for the first time three days before the killing.

Police suspect the men fled Chicago together and one of the men made a $1,000 cash donation to a library in Geneva, Wis., in Cornell-Duranleau's name at 5 p.m. that day.

Prior to turning himself in, police said Lathem sent a video message to his family and friends apologizing for "his involvement" in the stabbing and saying he'd made "the biggest mistake of his life."

Both men were wanted on charges of first-degree murder and Warren was held without bail in San Francisco County Jail as of early Saturday.

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