A judge ordered a 45-year-old man held on a $5 million bond after prosecutors say he stabbed both of his elderly parents to death inside their shared apartment in Highland Park.
Barry M. Goldberg, 45, of the 1800 block of Green Bay Road in Highland Park, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Lillian Lewis said officers received 911 calls for yelling and threats being made at an apartment.
Emergency personnel arrived around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and noticed blood under the door of the apartment at 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park Communications Manager Amanda Civitello said.
Officers knocked on the door and heard someone yell “don’t shoot,” Lewis said during a Thursday bond hearing.
Officers forced entry and found two people lying in a pool of blood with a large knife next to them.
Barry Goldberg, who was near the door of the apartment, was taken into custody by officers.
Barry Goldberg was reportedly covered in blood and blood was also found splattered on the walls near the victims, Lewis said.
Officers learned the victims were Barry Goldberg’s parents. The man admitted to killing his mother, Lewis said.
An autopsy showed Ronald Goldberg, 79, and Renee Goldberg, 74, both of Highland Park, died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries, according to Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Newton.
Autopsies were performed Thursday morning on the couple.
Court records show the three Goldbergs resided at the apartment building where the murders happened.
Records also show the apartment complex filed an eviction in Lake County Circuit Court against them in July.
“It’s just a hard day and it’s hard for Highland Park to go through something else like this,” Mindy Kirsch told news reporters.
Kirsch said she was longtime friends with the couple, who lived with their son in the apartment.
“They were really good people,” Kirsch said, CBS 2 reported. “They were really nice down-to-earth people.”