Schaumburg police believe man accused of murdering Rockford girl connected to suburban death

Antonio Monroe, Blue Island, IL man could have been on Schaumburg scene, police said

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Rockford murder suspect could be connected to Schaumburg death: police
Natalie Negray was found dead in a Schaumburg hotel room last week, and Destiny Huggins was found strangled in Rockford, police said.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WLS) -- Schaumburg police believe the man accused of kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old in Rockford is also connected to a death investigation in the suburbs.

Schaumburg police said Natalie Negray was found dead in a hotel room July 5 in the 1200-block of Bank Drive. Her manner of death is still under review.

Schaumburg police have been working with Rockford police as evidence suggests Antonio Monroe, 44, of Blue Island, was with Negray before her body was found.

Monroe was charged with murder after a child was found unresponsive outside a Rockford home on Saturday afternoon, police said.

A woman called Rockford police officers just after noon, saying her 6-year-old daughter told her a man took her 10-year-old sister.

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Someone flagged down officers at about 12:40 p.m., telling them he found an unresponsive girl outside an abandoned home in the 1200-block of Ninth Avenue.

Officers found the child and administered CPR. The Rockford Fire Department transported the girl, later identified as Destiny Huggins, to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police then found a man who matched the suspect description near Ninth Street and Woodruff Avenue. Officers took the man, later identified as Monroe, a registered sex offender, into custody after a brief struggle.

Monroe has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery by strangulation and two counts of kidnapping in the Rockford case.