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Man wanted in uncle's murder captured

September 22, 2009 9:59:39 AM PDT
A Will County Sheriff's Office spokesman says Jason Gonzalez was taken into police custody at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday in Joliet. Police were able to track his cell phone and found him in his car on Larkin Avenue behind a building in an industrial area. He had changed the license plates on his car. He was taken into custody without incident and was being questioned by police. Will County sheriff's investigators were calling Gonzalez a person of interest in the death of his uncle Lance Goebel.

"I'm very afraid from the evidence I found yesterday that he may continue to be a danger to the public," said Kim Gonzalez, victim's sister

Kim Gonzalez is talking about her son Jason, who appears to be the main suspect in her brother Lance Goebel's death. The 48-year-old father of two was found by his wife, shot to death in their New Lenox Township home Thursday afternoon.

"This was premeditated. My son has a military background and he's carrying out a commando-style plan," said Kim Gonzalez.

In fact, Jason Gonzalez was in the Army until two years ago, stationed in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. His mother says he had trouble adapting to civilian life. Having grown up without a father, Lance Goebel took on that role and Gonzalez lived with his family for a while, until a few months ago, when Goebel accused Jason Gonzalez with stealing from him.

"They were so close. He looked up and respected him so much. And I think when they had that falling out and he lost his job. I think it was just too much," said Kim Gonzalez.

The Will County sheriff's office is in charge of the investigation into Goebel's murder. From the beginning, they've believed Jason Gonzalez would be seeking refuge in a state park or campground. His mother agrees.

"His gun case was missing. His clothes missing. I found a receipt showing he purchased canned goods. Enough to last four of five days," said Kim Gonzalez.

And while Jason Gonzalez may be her son, Kim Gonzalez had warned the public against approaching him. "He's armed and very dangerous. He did indicate in his plan that he continues to go forward and that there could be further bloodshed."


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