University professor arrested in Chicago murder

Marsha Scott
August 6, 2017

A Northwestern University professor suspected in the stabbing death of a Chicago man has been arrested in California, police said.

Warren handed himself into a police station in San Francisco on Friday evening while Lathem gave himself up at 7.30pm in Oakland, Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Frank Conroy said.

Michael McCloud of the US Marshals Service said the surrender of the men was "negotiated".

There were no guns drawn, but Lathem was ordered to carefully step out of the vehicle and he was taken into custody in a public courtyard area between the federal complex's two buildings, Conroy said.

"Whatever the circumstances, we would urge him to contact the USA authorities as soon as possible, in the best interests of everyone concerned".

Lathem and Warren could not be reached for comment.

Somerville College has confirmed that Mr Warren has since been suspended from his post, which he held at the college for eight years. Warren, a resident at Somerville College in England, a part of the Oxford University Network, was arrested in San Francisco, Farrell said.

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Guglielmi also said that the duo will appear in an Oakland court before returning to Chicago where they will be questioned by homicide detectives. It was not immediately clear when that would happen.

Authorities have been searching for Lathem, 42, and Warren, 56, since July 27 when 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was found dead in Lathem's Chicago apartment.

It comes just hours after police said the murder suspects had made a donation to a library in the victim's name in a neighbouring state.

The Northwestern professor subsequently sent a video to friends and family following the murder "apologizing for his involvement", the spokesman added. The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself.

In a weird twist, police said that on the day of the slaying, but before the body had been discovered, Lathem and Warren drove about 128km to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where one of them made a $US1000 ($A1260) cash donation to the public library there in Cornell-Duranleau's name. To prevent them from leaving the United States, authorities have flagged the passports of Lathem and Warren.

Lathem and Cornell Duranleau knew each other and had "some type of falling out", Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Tribune.

Guglielmi said the victim was in a relationship with Lathem and knew Warren. Police have not said why the suspects were in California and have not released details on what led up to the murder.

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