Police have identified a 31-year-old man as a “credible suspect” in the investigation of the slaying of a Romeoville family. The man also may have died during a police pursuit in Oklahoma, police said.
At a news conference Wednesday, Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Chris Burne said Nathaniel Huey Jr., 31, of Streamwood was considered a “credible suspect” in the investigation of the slayings of Alberto Rolon, 38, Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, and their two sons Sunday evening in the 500 block of Concord Avenue in Romeoville.
Burne did not make clear what role Huey played in the incident that has shocked the quiet southwest suburb of Chicago. The most Burne was willing to say was that evidence in the investigation has shown the police have “a nexus between our suspect and the victims as well as possible motive.”
Romeoville police have been working with the Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force on the investigation.
“Nothing in our investigation to this point leads us to believe that there are any other suspects,” Burne said Wednesday.
Burne said there was a police pursuit Wednesday morning of a “suspect vehicle” in Catoosa, Oklahoma, that led to a crash. A male driver who suffered a gunshot wound was pronounced dead at the scene, and a female passenger was hospitalized in critical condition, Burne said.
The female passenger died from her injuries, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.
Burne did not clarify at the news conference whether the driver was Huey but later said in a statement the driver was “believed to be Huey.”
Hunter McKee, spokesman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, said he did not have the name of the driver who died following the crash.
Calls and messages to the Catoosa Police Department were not returned Wednesday afternoon. The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s Office did not respond to a message either.
Huey emerged as a “person of interest” within hours of officers’ discovery of the killings Sunday evening.
Police also said there was a female “person of interest” in the investigation, but she was reported by her family Tuesday evening as a missing “endangered person” out of Streamwood.
On the same evening, Romeoville police distributed a statewide bulletin to law enforcement agencies because they believed Huey was a “credible suspect in this investigation.”
On Wednesday morning, authorities in Catoosa, Oklahoma, located what Burne said was a “suspect vehicle” that tried to flee from police who were trying to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle then crashed and caught on fire, Burne said.
“Officers on scene heard two noises believed to be gunshots,” Burne said. “A female with a gunshot wound was located and removed from the passenger side of the vehicle and is listed in critical condition.”
Burne did not clarify at the news conference if the female in critical condition was the same one who was reported missing.
“This is still an active, evolving investigation and this portion of the incident is still unfolding,” Burne said.
On Tuesday, Romeoville Mayor John Noak issued a statement on the tragedy.
“Our entire community is grieving with the family over this tragic incident. It is always heartbreaking whenever there is a loss of life, but when there are children involved it’s much more painful,” Noak said in the statement posted on the village’s Facebook page. “I have directed our social services staff to make themselves available to our community to help begin the healing process. It is important that we conduct a thorough investigation and we have committed our full resources to that task. The victims deserve that.”.