Palatine Township Man Charged with Murder, Aggravated Battery

Jan 28, 2022Press Release

A 47-year-old Palatine Township man has been charged with fatally stabbing his roommate, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

At approximately 9 p.m. on Jan. 26, Sheriff’s Police responded to a report of a battery that occurred in an apartment in the 2400 block of Randall Lane in unincorporated Palatine Township. Responding officers encountered Miguel A. Gonzalez Lopez, who had blood on his hands and clothes, and took him into custody.

Officers found Antonio Gomez Torres, 50, stabbed in the apartment. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

During their investigation, Sheriff’s Police detectives learned that Gonzalez Lopez had been drinking with his brother and Gomez Torres, when an argument ensued between Gonzalez Lopez and the victim. Gonzalez Lopez then stabbed the victim, according to the investigation. When Gonzalez Lopez’s brother attempted to intervene, he turned the knife toward him. Fearing for his life, the brother fled the apartment and called 9-1-1.

Officers recovered a knife near a storage area in the apartment building that matched the description of the weapon used in the stabbing.

Gonzalez Lopez was charged on Jan. 27 with murder and aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon. He was denied bond today during his hearing at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.