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O’Lanagan’s Murder Suspect Appears in Court

By Carrie Miller | Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Andrew Salamon. From Chicago Police Department.

Andrew Salamon, who was charged Friday with the 2009 murder of a Northcenter bar owner, made a court appearance Monday and is expected to be indicted prior to his next court date, November 30.

The 25-year-old, who shuffled into court mute and subdued in a grey prison uniform yesterday morning, remains held without bond as police continue to search for a second suspect in the brutal metal pipe beating death of O’Lanagan’s owner Robert Gonzalez.

As the manhunt continues, police are withholding key details of the two-year-old case, including what led them to Salamon, who news reports describe as a laborer and a father of four.

A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department said only that detectives continue to work the case, which shocked local business owners and residents. “Good police work,” led to Salamon’s arrest by Area 3 detectives and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit in Harwood Heights, a CPD spokesman said. Salamon lives in Cragin, on the 2300 block of Lockwood Ave., according to arrest records.

Prosecutors have said Salamon and the at-large suspect laid in wait outside the bar at 2335 W. Montrose Ave. in the early morning hours of October 4, 2009, according to published reports, and delivered a beating so brutal the 69-year-old man died within 15 hours.

The unnamed fugitive had been in a scuffle at the bar hours earlier and was incensed when Gonzalez laughed at him, according to the Chicago Sun Times, returning with Salamon intending to rob him and extract revenge.

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