Kristian Branch Charged with First Degree Murder After Homestead Suites Extended Stay Hotel Shootings Schaumburg


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Schaumburg police responded to a report about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday of shots fired in a third-floor room at the Homestead Studio Suites Extended Stay Hotel, 51 East State Parkway. A 29-year-old Rockford man, Mario C. Charles, was found with life-threatening gunshot injuries and later died from his injuries. A 26-year-old Minnesota man, (identity not released) was found with two gunshot injuries. Both men were transported to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Several people were in the room at the time of the shooting. Allegedly, Kristian Branch, 28, of Elgin and Mario C. Charles were involved in an armed robbery in a hotel room in the Homestead Suites Hotel. Mario D. Charles and the man from Minnesota exchanged gunfire and allegedly shot each other. Mario D. Charles died about 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Kristian Branch was one of eight women and a man who were arrested at a Schaumburg hotel (location not disclosed) for a variety of charges including prostitution and violating the massage act. Men who replied to ads on Craigslist and Backpage.com were cited for violation of Cook County’s public morals nuisance ordinance. The man that was arrested for prostitution was dressed as a woman.

Arrested on prostitution charges were: Bryon Blanco, 41, of Chicago, dressed as a woman; Alma Lopez, 23, of Chicago; Joyce Gipson, 19, of Lansing; Wendy Romack, 37, of Wisconsin; Brittany Brewer, 23, of Minnesota; Shawneequa Boyd, 24, of California; Kristian Branch, 28, of Elgin; Shannon Castor, 24, of Las Vegas. Jessica Dusablon, 21, of California, was charged with violating the massage act and had her ledger book confiscated by police.

Homestead Studio Suites in Schaumburg is located off of Roselle Road, just south of Interstate 90. An armed robbery was reported around the corner at the Holiday Inn Express, 1550 North Roselle Road on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. A female guest at the hotel was robbed in the parking lot by two armed robbers (see The Cardinal Armed Robbery: Two Take Woman’s Purse Near Holiday Inn Express Schaumburg).


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