CHICAGO — A Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee wanted in the slaying of a 26-year-old hairdresser were arrested Friday in Northern California, police said.
Police in Chicago said they received word Friday evening from the U.S. Marshals Service that Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology-immunology, and Andrew Warren, who worked in an administrative position at Oxford’s Somerville College, were taken into custody without incident.
Lathem, 42, and Warren, 56, were wanted in the July 27 slaying of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. The young man was found dead from multiple lacerations to his body in Lathem’s 10th floor apartment in Chicago’s posh River North neighborhood.
The two men are expected to first appear before a judge in California before their likely extradition 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.”
Lathem, 42, surrendered at the federal courthouse in Oakland, said Frank Conroy, a supervisory deputy for U.S. Marshals Service in the Northern District of California. Warren, 56, turned himself in to San Francisco Police, he said.
Conroy said that investigators in Chicago had relayed to the Marshals Service that Lathem had contacts in the Bay Area and federal authorities had been on the lookout for him before he surrendered Friday evening. Authorities believe Lathem, who contacted federal authorities with the help of an attorney and negotiated his surrender, had been in California since Wednesday, Conroy said.
It was not clear if Warren and Lathem traveled to the Bay Area together or separately. Both Lathem and Warren declined to speak to authorities.
“He decided life on the run was too much and decided to turn himself in,” Conroy said of Lathem.
Police described the men as “armed and dangerous” in the days after a Cook County judge issued arrest warrants.
Guglielmi said the victim was in a relationship with Lathem and knew Warren. Arrest warrants allege that Lathem and Warren stabbed Cornell-Duranleau multiple times.
Police have not said what they believe motivated the crime. Officers were dispatched to the scene after an employee at the front desk in Lathem’s apartment building called police to report receiving an anonymous call that a crime had been committed in Lathem’s apartment.
Officers arrived to find Cornell-Duranleau dead. Lathem and Warren had left the scene about 15 hours earlier, authorities said.
Andrew Warren, 56, a University of Oxford employee, is the second suspect police say took park in the July 27, 2017, stabbing death of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. (Photo: Chicago Police Department)
Northwestern officials were notified about the murder investigation on Monday and placed Lathem on administrative leave and banned him from entering the school’s campuses. Warren has been suspended from his post as the senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, Britain’s Oxford Mail reports.
Earlier on Friday, police said that Lathem allegedly had sent a video message to family and friends in which he apologized for his part in the killing. Police also said that Lathem and Warren, who had been reported missing by his family in Britain three days before the killing, drove to Lake Geneva, Wis., soon after the killing and donated $1,000 to the public library in Cornell-Duranleau’s name.
Guglielmi said investigators don’t know exactly why the suspects picked the library in Lake Geneva, about 85 miles northwest of Chicago, to make the donation — neither the victim nor the suspects had any known connection to the library.
Investigators speculated that the suspects may have made the donation because of a feeling of remorse, he said.
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