Update: Man Arrested in Stabbing Death of Joliet Teen in Romeoville

Fabian Almodovar is in custody and will be charged with the murder of Carlos Orozco, who was pronounced dead Thursday night at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

Update/5:55 p.m. Friday:

A 22-year-old Romeoville man is in custody and will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Carlos Orozco, Romeoville police said.

Fabian Almodovar was taken into police custody after being discharged from the hospital, Romeoville Assistant Police Chief Steve Lucchesi said. He said Almodovar, who suffered facial injuries and a concussion, is scheduled to be transported to the Will County jail Friday night.

Almodovar is accused of stabbing the Joliet teen in the chest during a fight in the parking lot at Jewel-Osco, 20 S. Weber Road. Police declined to release information on what led to the fight.

"That aspect is still under investigation," Lucchesi said. 

Prior arrest records list an address for Almodovar in the 1400 block of Windflower Court. Almodovar's most recent Will County arrest was April 1, when he was charged with domestic battery and battery, according to jail records. On April 2, a judge issued an emergency order of protection against Almodovar.

According to Will County court records, Almodovar pleaded guilty in April 2012 to charges including identity theft/unlawful use of a credit card and burglary.

Original post/1:30 p.m. Friday:

A 17-year-old from Joliet died Thursday night after being stabbed during a fight in the parking lot of a Jewel-Osco store in Romeoville, according to Romeoville police.

Carlos Orozco was involved in a fight with a 22-year-old Romeoville man in front of the store at 20 S. Weber Road. Officers responded around 8:43 p.m. after receiving a report that of two people fighting and one being stabbed, a press release issued Friday by Romeoville police said.

Officers found the 22-year-old, who was injured, in a bathroom inside the Jewel-Osco store, according to police. He was transported to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. He was later released and taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, police said.

Orozco was found unconscious in the parking lot with a stab wound to the chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, according to the Will County Coroner's Office, which said his cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

Police said the 22-year-old allegedly pulled out a knife during the fight and stabbed the 17-year-old in the chest. 

The case remains under investigation and is being reviewed by the Will County State's Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges against the 22-year-old.

Special Rex May 18, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Hold up! I like my knife...
Katrina Williams May 18, 2013 at 07:41 PM
wc fields, I think he difference is their was plenty of video taped footage from the Crawford -Parker fight and they did not mention that in this case. I hope, it was another self defense because of the beating the 22 year old received and he was taken to the hospital also with a lot of injuries (so the paper says.) I am hoping The store had cameras on the parking lot so, they can get more information of who was the aggressor and who was the victim. This is one of those sad cases like the Crawford-Parker case. This is sad, to many young people dying over a fight. I was taught to use your hands, a knife I for eating not killing. This is two sad cases. I will pray for all families involved.
brittany May 18, 2013 at 09:55 PM
The suspect was beaten half to death first.
no love May 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM
It says multiple stab wounds if he wasnt the aggressor then why stab him more than once. I knewthis kid and he ddidn't seem like trouble prayers to the family aife a kid a dream was lost and it brings me down to see this violence
no love May 19, 2013 at 03:31 PM
And I love how Karen picks and chooses when too jump in on a post lmao what about all other comments on patch that are ridiculous just stay off or keep track of everything I hope if I'm o the patch Karen doesnt wrote about me jeez


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