‘More tragedy avoided’ after pair wanted over Chicago killing hand themselves in
Andrew Warren was taken into custody in California.
Further tragedies were prevented after an Oxford University employee and a US professor who spent more than a week on the run as murder suspects handed themselves in to police, officers believe.
Somerville College senior treasury assistant Andrew Warren, 56, and Professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, gave themselves up to police at similar times on Friday evening at separate sites in California, more than 2,000 miles from the crime scene.
They triggered a nationwide manhunt after allegedly stabbing Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, multiple times in an attack in Lathem’s apartment in Chicago on July 27.
Chicago Police said officers were relieved to hear of the peaceful surrenders after fears grew when Lathem had sent a worrying video to family and friends apologising for his role in the murder.
Force spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: “Once we got word that Dr Lathem had sent that video to friends and family we began getting concerned that perhaps he would harm himself or this could end up more tragically for both of them, so we are relieved that both of them are safe.”
He said the victim and Lathem had been in a “personal relationship” and detectives believe the attack was domestically-motivated, but their connection to Warren is less clear.
Warren was dealing with “personal hardships”, had been reported missing from the UK days before the attack and was not on Oxford business, he said.
But Mr Guglielmi added that detectives have unearthed some “online material” that suggests they met on the internet.
They separated at an unknown point as they travelled the US in a “vehicle” before Warren handed himself into a police station in San Francisco and Lathem gave himself up in Oakland.
“Everything was peaceful. Andrew Warren walked into a police station and just said simply, ‘I’m Andrew Warren, I’m wanted’ and they took him right away,” Mr Guglielmi said.
He added that the suspect “was in good health”.
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Mr Guglielmi dismissed reports of genital mutilation being involved in Mr Cornell-Duranleau’s death, but described a “very violent scene” during which the “body was certainly mutilated”.
A broken blade was recovered and officers have CCTV footage tying the men to the 10th floor apartment, he said.
Warren, who says on Facebook he lives in Swindon, and Lathem, a microbiology professor at Northwestern University, now face extradition hearings to determine whether they can be sent to Chicago for questioning.