Commander Lou Jogmen
Public Information Officer
Park Ridge Police Department
February 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
On February 9th, at 2:30 a.m., police units were dispatched to the 200 block of Summit Avenue, near the commuter parking lot, regarding a body on the ground. Officers found a W/M subject in his 30’s, unresponsive, with hands bound in front of him. No identification was found.
Investigators were able to identify the unknown male as Henry Nowak (AKA Henry “Chip” Mallek), 39 years, of Chicago a short time later. The identification was facilitated from friends and family who reported that Mr. Nowak had not returned home after he went to meet a friend the night before in the Edison Park area. In addition, the victim’s cell phone was found several blocks away by a citizen and turned into police.
On February 10th, The Medical Examiner’s office determined that the cause of death was strangulation. A joint investigation was conducted with the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) and the Park Ridge Police Department with special assistance from the Chicago Police Department.
For the next four days, this team of investigators worked tirelessly and aggressively to find those
responsible. As a result, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved 1st Degree Murder charges against Yuron Robinson, 34 years old, 7651 South Dante, Chicago. Bond hearing is scheduled at the District II Court in Skokie today. Mr. Robinson was apprehended by surveillance teams and the Chicago Police Department on February 12th as he attempted to board a bus in downtown Chicago that was headed to Iowa.
The information we know regarding the circumstances of Mr. Nowak’s death are as follows:
On the evening of February 8th, Mr. Nowak left his apartment to meet Mr. Robinson in the Edison Park area. Robinson allegedly owed Mr. Nowak some money regarding some drug transactions. An argument ensued and escalated to where Robinson strangled Nowak. The hands of the body were bound and then the body was found in the 200 block of Summit in Park Ridge.
I have heard concerns about public safety in our community. The public needs to be aware this was an isolated incident, and the investigative team was able to bring closure to this incident swiftly and professionally. For that I am grateful and I am extremely proud of their efforts.
Special thanks to the Chicago Police Department, especially Chief of Detectives Tom Byrne and Tactical Officers for several Districts.
MCAT Director Tom Gadomski
Detective John Anderson, Park Ridge Police Department