DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Michael Uplegger announced on Saturday, March 28, 2020 that bond has been set for a West Chicago male murder suspect, charged with the stabbing death of his roommate, 56-year-old Jose Alonso-Lopez. Frank Rosas, 29, of 747 Lincoln Avenue, in southwest West Chicago, appeared at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge Michael Fleming who set bond at $1 Million with 10% to apply. Rosas has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.
A law enforcement statement described that on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Frank Rosas entered the West Chicago Police Department and allegedly reported to the officer on duty that he had killed his roommate. Officers immediately went to the house shared by Rosas and Alonso-Lopez, and found the victim, deceased, lying face up on his bed, wrapped in a blanket with his feet exposed. Police officers also found large amounts of blood on the mattress and floor surrounding the bed. Officers also found a steak knife in a garbage can outside the defendant’s car with apparent blood on the handle. It is alleged that at some point in the evening of Saturday, March 21, 2020, Rosas and Alonso-Lopez were at home when Rosas repeatedly stabbed Alonso-Lopez to death.
“It is alleged that during the evening of March 21, Frank Rosas viciously murdered his roommate Jose Alonso-Lopez by stabbing him more than thirty times. This was a senseless loss of life and I offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Alonso-Lopez as they grieve their loss. I would like to thank the West Chicago Police Department for their work on this sad case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Claudia Fantauzzo for her outstanding efforts on this case going well above the call of duty. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas for her work in securing a strong prosecution against Mr. Rosas.”
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin
Rosas has been in the hospital since his arrest on March 22 for treatment to an injury he sustained during the alleged murder of Alonso-Lopez.
“This was a brutal crime and our thoughts are with the victim’s family as they cope with the loss of a loved one. I want to thank the men and women of the West Chicago Police Department for their outstanding work on this case. Due to their diligent efforts, we were able to provide some comfort to the family in that the offender will be held accountable for his actions.”
— West Chicago Chief Police Michael Uplegger
Rosas’ next court appearance is scheduled for April 27, 2020, for arraignment in front of Judge Alex McGimpsey.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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