Swindon murder suspect arrested by police in America after national manhunt

Jerome Frank
August 6, 2017

A Northwestern University Professor and an Oxford employee, both wanted for murder, were taken into custody in Oakland, California Friday evening.

Wyndham Lathem, 42, surrendered Friday night at the Oakland federal building at around the same time that Andrew Warren, 56, was turning himself in to police in San Francisco, according to Michael McCloud, a fugitive taskforce commander with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Lathem-an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Feinberg School of Medicine-and Cornell-Duranleau lived together at the Grand Plaza Apartments, 540 N. State St., where the victim was found.

Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau knew each other but it is not clear whether Warren, who was visiting the USA for the first time, knew him, police said. It was not immediately clear if he if he knew either Mr. Lathem or their alleged victim prior to last week's fatal stabbing.

Prior to turning himself in, police said Lathem sent a video message to his family and friends apologizing for "his involvement" in the stabbing and saying he'd made "the biggest mistake of his life". Warren has been suspended from his post as the senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, Britain's Oxford Mail reports.

The two men are expected to first appear before a judge in California before their likely extradition to Chicago.

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He said: "We were not in contact with them directly".

Mr. Warren arrived in the US three days before Cornell-Duranleau's death, CBS News reported. "Both men were seen on surveillance video at the building, police said".

Police suspect the men fled Chicago together and one of the men made a $1,000 cash donation to a library in Geneva, Wis., in Cornell-Duranleau's name at 5 p.m. that day. Both Lathem and Warren are being held on no bond status.

Officials have not disclosed the connection between the two suspects or their relationship with the victim.

Police say Lathem knew Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from MI after receiving his cosmetology license, reports the AP. He had been stabbed several times in an attack so brutal that police said the knife broke.

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