Police say the girlfriend of the suspect in the fatal shooting of 8 people in suburban Chicago has been charged with obstruction of justice.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The girlfriend of a man suspected of fatally shooting him Seven relatives Last weekend, an eighth person in a Chicago suburb was charged with obstruction for allegedly trying to prevent the arrest of her boyfriend, police said.
Kaylee Cleveland Singleton, 21, of Joliet was charged with one count of obstruction of justice after the Will County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed information provided by investigators who interviewed her Monday, Joliet police said.
Online inmate records for the Will County Adult Detention Facility show she is expected to appear in court Thursday morning. It was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
Joliet police said Cleveland Singleton agreed to be questioned by police Monday after she was identified as the girlfriend and mother of the 3-year-old son of shooting suspect Romeo Nance, 23, who shot himself Monday during a standoff with authorities. Law enforcement in Texas.
After police questioned Cleveland Singleton, “investigators believed she made statements in order to prevent the arrest of the suspect and obstruct this investigation,” Joliet police said in a news release posted on Facebook. The press release did not include the statements she allegedly made.
Officers found Cleveland Singleton at a home in Plainfield, about 14 miles (23 kilometers) northwest of Joliet, after investigators learned Nance’s young son might be with his mother and grandmother at a home there, police said.
The eight people police said Nance shot to death over the weekend were found on Sunday and Monday, according to authorities. No motive has yet been provided.
Seven of the victims were found Sunday in two homes in Joliet and were identified as Nance’s mother, Tamaika Nance, 47; His brother, Joshua Nance (31 years old); sister Alexandria Nance, 20; two younger sisters, ages 16 and 14; and aunt, Christine Esters, 38; and uncle William Esters II, 35 years old.
Another man, 28-year-old Toyosi Bakare, was shot dead outside an apartment building. Police said Nance is believed to have randomly shot himself and another man who was shot in the leg on a residential street after killing his family members.
Police said Nance shot and killed himself Monday evening after U.S. Marshals found him near Natalia, Texas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of San Antonio and more than 1,000 miles (1,690 kilometers) from Joliet.
Sheriff Randy Brown of Medina County, Texas, said he believed Nance was trying to get to Mexico, which is about 120 miles (200 kilometers) south of Natalia along Interstate 35.