A Round Lake man who was charged with fatally shooting a 77-year-old man in the head at a Fox Lake apartment has now been charged with threatening a woman with a rifle on the night of the murder.
Azmi Ibrahim Jr., 37, of the 300 block of Lunar Drive in Round Lake, was charged in McHenry County with one count of electronic harassment threatening a person.
A criminal complaint said Ibrahim threatened a woman by texting her “I’ll f–k u up” and included a photo of what appeared to be an AK-47 in his lap.
The woman, who lives in Wonder Lake, received the text and photo around 9:30 p.m. on December 12, the complaint said.
Around the same time that evening, Ibrahim and Kathryn A. Deason, 31, of the 300 block of Lunar Drive in Round Lake, drove to an apartment building in the 0-100 block of Mineola Road in Fox Lake.
Lake County Major Crime Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said an investigation showed Roy Hoffman, 77, arranged to have a “romantic relationship” in exchange for money with Deason.
Deason was reportedly driven to Hoffman’s home by Ibrahim.
Deason met with Hoffman for a period of time while Ibrahim stayed in his vehicle, Covelli said.
Ibrahim eventually went inside the apartment building looking for Deason.
Ibrahim determined which unit the two were inside and then went back to his vehicle and retrieved a rifle, Covelli said.
He went inside Hoffman’s apartment and a disagreement occurred, at which time Ibrahim fatally shot Hoffman, Covelli said.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeffrey Facklam said that Hoffman was shot in the head. It appeared that he was shot once.
Officers responded around 9:35 p.m. on December 12 to the location after receiving a call of shots fired.
They found Hoffman in a pool of blood and determined he was deceased, prosecutors said.
The person who called 911 informed dispatchers that a man and woman entered a minivan and fled from the scene following the shooting.
A regional police broadcast was issued to local law enforcement to advise of the incident and the description of Ibrahim and Deason and the vehicle that fled from the scene.
Facklam said the text message photo of the gun that the woman in McHenry County received was believed to be the murder weapon.
That woman was either a current or former partner of Ibrahim, Facklam said.
The woman who received the image first reported it to the Round Lake Police Department and officers responded to Ibrahim’s residence in the 300 block of Lunar Drive in Round Lake.
The officers saw a minivan and recognized the description from the regional alert issued by the Fox Lake Police Department.
Officers were familiar with Ibrahim, who normally drives the minivan, and knew he lived at a residence on the block, Covelli said.
Police officers established a perimeter around his residence.
Police requested the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) to assist in apprehending the man.
Just prior to NIPAS deploying, the man exited the residence and surrendered to officers.
Facklam said that Ibrahim told investigators he accompanied Deason to the victim’s apartment.
Ibrahim said he received a phone call from the woman, at which point he went to the apartment with the rifle and knocked on the door.
Ibrahim admitted that he raised the rifle and the “gun went off,” Facklam said.
Deason and Ibrahim allegedly fled the scene and factory reset their cell phones.
Deason washed their clothes and Ibrahim hid the weapon in his residence, Facklam said.
Ibrahim was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of obstructing justice on December 13.
Deason was charged with one count of obstructing justice.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Ibrahim held on a $5 million bond after prosecutors presented probable cause.
Potkonjak ordered Deason held on a $1 million bond.
The homicide remains under investigation by the Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Fox Lake Police Department.