FOX LAKE, Ill. – Two Illinois residents are accused in the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old man who was meeting a woman to exchange money for sex, police said.
Roy Hoffman, of Fox Lake, was found dead Monday at his apartment at about 9:30 p.m. CST, WLS-TV reported. He was identified by the Lake County coroner, according to the television station.
Prosecutors have charged Asmi Ibrahim Jr., 37, of Round Lake, with first-degree murder and obstructing justice, WFLD-TV reported. Kathryn A. Deason, 31, of Round Lake, was charged with obstructing justice, according to the television station.
Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said Hoffman had arranged to meet Deason for a “romantic” encounter in exchange for money, the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported.
Authorities said Ibrahim drove Deason to Hoffman’s apartment and remained in his minivan while the woman went inside, according to the newspaper.
After leaving the minivan to determine what apartment Deason had entered, Ibrahim returned to his vehicle and retrieved a rifle, the Daily Herald reported.
According to police, Ibrahim went inside Hoffman’s apartment and a disagreement occurred, WFLD reported. During the argument, Ibrahim allegedly shot Hoffman, killing him, according to the television station.
“Initially we believe the victim, when Asmi knocked on the door, said that Kathryn was not inside with him,” Covelli told reporters. “He later went and retrieved a rifle from the van, the minivan he arrived in, went upstairs, went inside the residence and shot the 77-year-old.”
“Investigators are still looking into that to determine if this was some type of robbery attempt or theft of money attempt, or not providing whatever was agreed upon but taking the money instead,” Covelli said. “There are a lot of theories still being investigated and fine-tuned, but what we do know was that Azmi completely and unnecessarily shot and killed the 77-year-old man.”
Ibrahim’s bail was set at $5 million, while Deason’s was set at $1 million, online booking records show.