Intimidation Charge, No Bond After Arlington Heights Resident Threatens Employees of Rolling Meadows Cleaning Company

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Carmine Palella, intimidation suspect (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff's Office)
Carmine Palella, intimidation suspect (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff’s Office).

Carmine Palella, 59, of Arlington Heights is charged with intimidation and held in Cook County jail after threatening to kill employees of a cleaning business in Rolling Meadows.

Cook County prosecutors state that Palella began working in June 2020 for the Rolling Meadows cleaning company, which is located in a building that Palella’s family owns. According to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Kristina Modesto, a cleaning company employee had to reprimand Palella several times for misusing company property.

On January 31, 2022, Palella gave two weeks’ notice at the cleaning company, telling the employee he had found another job. His last day was to have been February 13, 2022. However, he called the company on February 7, 2022 to the employee he was leaving the state and wanted his check, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Kristina Modesto.

When the cleaning company employee told Palella that first she would have to adjust the paycheck for the days he worked, he became angered, threatened to kill everyone inside the building, and threatened to burn down the building, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Kristina Modesto. After hanging up the phone, Palella called back a short time later and made the same threats. Following an investigation, Palella was arrested, and held in Cook County jail.

Carmine Palella was ordered held without bond Tuesday, February 15, 2022 on the charge of Intimidation, connected to the threat to kill employees of the Rolling Meadows cleaning company. Palella is scheduled for his next court date at Rolling Meadows Cook County Circuit Court on March 9, 2022.

Intimidation is a Class 3 felony for which an offender may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years.


Carmine Palella has a criminal history with previous convictions, including attempted murder. In April 2011, Carmine Palella, then from Palatine, was sentenced to 12 years in prison as an accomplice in the attempted murder of an Illinois State Lottery winner who lived in Rolling Meadows.

According to court records, Palella drove a co-defendant, Robert English of Berwyn, and another unidentified male offender to the Rolling Meadows home of a $100,000 lottery winner in September 2009. Robert English and the unidentified offender broke into the victim’s home while Palella waited outside in the car. Robert English shot the victim four times, but did not kill the victim. Police received a tip that led to the arrest of Robert English and Carmine Palella. Robert English also pleaded guilty in April 2011, and was sentenced to 23 years in prison for first-degree attempted murder, home invasion and aggravated battery.

Prior to the attempted murder charge, Palella was convicted in 2007 for possession of a controlled substance and theft charges. He was sentenced to two years in prison. In 2004 he was convicted for deceptive practice, and was sentenced one year in prison.



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