Solicitor for Third Party Energy Provider Charged with Murder After Fighting with Apartment Resident in Waukegan While Going Door-to-Door

Nicholas Grandison, solicitor and First Degree Murder suspect in Waukegan
Nicholas Grandison, solicitor and First Degree Murder suspect in Waukegan.

Waukegan police have arrested a solicitor, accused of murdering an apartment resident in a gated apartment community as he was working as a solicitor for a third-party energy provider.

Waukegan police say Nicholas S. Grandison, 32, of Chicago, was unlawfully soliciting at a gated Waukegan apartment complex when he battered a resident on January 10, 2020. Grandison was charged with first-degree murder after the victim died last week at a local hospital. Nicholas Grandison was held Monday, February 3, 2020 in Lake County jail on a bond amount of $5 million.

Nicholas Grandison did not register to solicit door-to-door with the city of Waukegan, but went to a gated apartment complex in the block of 2400 Dugdale Road to solicit for a third-party energy provider.

Waukegan police responded about 7:20 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2020 after Waukegan resident Johnathan Wolfe, 62, residing at the apartment complex, suffered a serious head injury in an altercation involving Nicholas Grandison, according to Waukegan police.

Waukegan’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) was immediately called to respond to the case based on the seriousness of the injuries on the first day, according to the Waukegan Police Department. Grandison was taken into custody and appeared in bond court Friday, January 31, 2020, according to Waukegan Police Department. Grandison is scheduled for a court appearance on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Wolfe was conscious and talking immediately after the head injury, and told police officers he did not want any police assistance; but because of the severity of Wolfe’s head injury, he was transported to an area hospital by paramedics. He died at the hospital 19 days later, on Wednesday, January 29 2020.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper reported that the preliminary autopsy found Wolfe died on January 29, 2020 from head trauma. Toxicology tests are pending, according to his office.

Waukegan CID investigators believe that Grandison entered the gated apartment complex without permission, and while he was soliciting inside one of the buildings, he encountered Wolfe, and a physical confrontation occurred that resulted in Wolfe’s injuries.

The company name of the third-party energy provider was not initially released by the Waukegan Police Department. Waukegan police did reveal that the third party energy company was not properly registered via of the city of Waukegan to solicit within Waukegan.

Nicholas Grandison, solicitor and First Degree Murder suspect in Waukegan
Nicholas Grandison, solicitor and First Degree Murder suspect in Waukegan (SOURCE: Waukegan Police Department).

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