Police confirm woman survived store rampage

February 5, 2008 3:29:30 PM PST
A police hotline established following the murder of five women is producing dozens of leads in the south suburbs. The killings took place last Saturday at the Lane Bryant store located in a Tinley Park strip mall.

From that police hotline, they have received more than 90 tips, and they say they are checking out every single one. Meantime, The Chicago Tribune is saying the gunman may have made sexual advances to at least one of the victims. Tinley Park Police would not confirm that Tuesday.

Four days after five women were murdered, the Tinley Park Lane Bryant remains a crime scene and the man who killed them is still at large. Police, however, are confident the crime will be solved.

"Keep in mind this is a very complex investigation. The officers and investigators assigned to this case are working diligently to bring it to a successful conclusion," said Rick Bruno, Tinley Park Police.

Police are hoping information obtained from a store employee who was shot and survived will help. For the first time Tuesday, Tinley Park Police publicly acknowledged a sixth victim.

"She is being interviewed by investigators," said Bruno.

Published reports say the sixth victim is a 33-year-old student who worked at the Lane Bryant on weekends. She apparently is in protective police custody and has been working with police on the suspect suspect's description.

Police are looking for a black man with a medium complexion, dressed in jeans with embroidery and rhinestone decorations on the back pocket. He was clean-shaven, well groomed. He had thick braids pulled back under a gray knit cap. Except for one braid that hung down over his face. That braid had four green beads.

"We are asking for any hair salons or barber shops that perform hair braiding as described on the suspect to review their clientele and call the tip hotline," said Bruno.

Crosses and flowers in front of the Lane Bryant continue to attract dozens of mourners.

"I don't know how many times I come out here on a Saturday, just like they did, and it's very sad," said Mary Wolf.

Tinley Park residents are hoping a $55,000 reward will help solve this crime.

The visitation for one of the victims is Wednesday.