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Chicago man wanted on downstate murder charge apprehended in Lake in the Hills

WOODSTOCK – A 29-year-old Chicago man wanted for a downstate murder was apprehended Monday in McHenry County.

On Aug. 13, police in Galesburg, in west central Illinois, began investigating an altercation that left one man with severe stab wounds. The victim later died Aug. 17, and an arrest warrant for Christopher L. Croom was issued out of Kane County.

McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said that during the Galesburg altercation, bystanders attempted to help the alleged victim, when Croom pulled a gun on them.

The deceased was identified in the Galesburg Register-Mail newspaper as 49-year-old Melvin G. Buckner.

Croom is a reported gang member and federal parolee. According to federal prison records, he was released July 25.

It’s unclear what brought him to the 2700 block of Impressions Drive in Lake in the Hills, where he was arrested abut 10:30 a.m. Monday.

A handgun was recovered during the arrest.

Croom was charged locally with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. He also faces that same charge in Knox County.

He remains in custody at the McHenry County Jail until arrangements are made for his extradition, Zinke said. His bond on the murder charge is set at $1 million.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Apprehension Unit worked with U.S. Marshal Service and Galesburg Police on the arrest.

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