Authorities announced Wednesday morning that an arrest warrant has been issued for two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the double homicide in Buffalo Grove.
An arrest warrant was approved by a Cook County judge early Wednesday for 64-year-old Anatoliy Ermak. The warrant is valid throughout the United States and the man will be extradited if he is outside of Buffalo Grove, police said.
“This warrant is the result of more than 48-hours of non-stop investigation,” Buffalo Grove Chief Steven Casstevens said. “The investigators have worked diligently to secure this warrant, and I am proud of the hard work and collaboration between our local and federal agencies involved.”
“Locating the suspect and providing safety and security to our residents remain the Police Department’s priorities and we will continue to work exhaustively at both,” Casstevens added.
Casstevens said Monday afternoon that numerous agencies, including local, state and federal authorities, are searching for Anatoliy Ermak, whose last known residence was in Minnesota.
Buffalo Grove Deputy Police Chief Michael Szos publicly identified Ermak late Monday evening and said that the man, who is considered armed and dangerous, may be driving a white Nissan Versa hatchback with Florida license plate KCFK75, which is a car that was rented out of Minnesota several days before the homicide.
A resident at the Cambridge on the Lake condominium complex, located at 150 Lake Boulevard in Buffalo Grove, called 911 around 11:30 p.m. Sunday after finding two people unresponsive near a vehicle with blood around it.
Casstevens said that officers arrived and found 69-year-old Roman Frid and a 55-year-old Nataliya Ermak, who had been shot in the underground parking garage.
Both were unable to be revived after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at the scene around 11:55 p.m.
Casstevens said that Anatoliy Ermak and Nataliya Ermak filed for divorced several years ago and the woman then married Roman Frid.
Anatoliy Ermak has no previous criminal records, Casstevens said, adding that investigators believe Ermak acted alone in the murder.
“Surveillance video from the facility showed the two victims arriving in the parking garage and exiting their vehicle at approximately 8:15 p.m. A male suspect then approached the two victims on foot and shot each of them multiple times. The suspect then exited the parking garage on foot,” Casstevens said.
“We believe the victims in this case were specifically targeted and we do not believe there is further danger to other residents,” Casstevens said. The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is assisting the Buffalo Grove Police Department in the investigation.
Casstevens said Ermak and the couple engaged in a brief conversation prior to the shooting.
The parking garage is a secure area that only residents have access to and there was no sign of forced entry to it, Casstevens said, adding that Anatoliy Ermak entered the garage on foot behind the couple’s vehicle as it pulled in.
Anyone who has information on Ermak’s location is asked to call Buffalo Grove Police Investigators at 847-459-2560 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222 for those who wish to remain anonymous.