A 26-year old man from Hazel Crest has been charged with the murder of John Costulas, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department.
Mr. Costulas was walking in the 500 block of Howard Street on Sept. 2, at approximately 5:20 a.m., when two men approached him, and without provocation, physically attacked him and violently struck him in the head, said Commander Guenther. When police responded they found Mr. Costulas bleeding and unconscious on the ground. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital. He remained hospitalized until he died on Sept. 10.
Mr. Costulas was a resident of Chicago. He had several disabilities, including being nearly deaf and having poor eyesight.
The Cook County Medical Examiners Office ruled Mr. Costulas’s death a homicide and further stated the cause of death was “blunt head trauma due to an assault,” said the Commander.
On Sept. 12, Evanston Police Detectives working with the North Regional Major Crime’s Task Force Investigators, obtained an anonymous tip identifying a person of interest in the homicide, said Commander Guenther. Investigators followed up on the tip, and conducted street canvases in certain areas and interviews. These efforts resulted in a single suspect being identified and detained, said the Commander. A second person of interest did not develop as a suspect at this time, said the Commander.
Detectives interviewed the suspect and used video surveillance footage to further ascertain his involvement in the beating, robbery and related death of Mr. Costulas. After additional interviews and line-ups in collaboration with the Cook County State Attorneys Office, the Hazel Crest man confessed, said the Commander. He is being charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery.