From the Chicago Tribune:
- “A Chicago cable TV contract worker has been charged with killing a woman in her Hyde Park apartment and is being questioned in the strangling of another woman last week, authorities said.”
The man is “Anthony Triplett, 25, of the 8300 block of South Hermitage Avenue, was charged this afternoon with first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault and residential burglary in the death of Janice Ordidge.”
Ordidge, who was discovered after she failed to show up to work, had been badly beaten and strangled. “Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said Triplett gained access to her home through a cable repair appointment.”
Triplett is also a person of interest in another slaying. “Friends and neighbors of Urzula Sakowska found her body about 8 p.m. Friday in her home in the 6100 block of South McVicker Avenue, Officer Marcel Bright said…”
- Police said a friend had been unable to reach Sakowska by phone earlier in the day and called other friends and neighbors to check on her. When they went to Sakowska’s apartment, they found her front door open and her body in the bathroom, her mouth covered in tape.
An autopsy over the weekend determined Sakowska died of suffocation by strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Comcast has issued a statement, “”We wish to express our sympathy for the family impacted by this tragedy.”
“We are cooperating fully with Chicago police as they conduct their investigation,” the statement said.”
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that a stranger is a stranger, no matter who they work for. Remember to protect yourself. Just because someone is an contractor for Comcast with an official-looking white truck doesn’t mean they’re nice. We always like to have several people home when repair workers will need access to the apartment.—MEGHANN MARCO
Cable worker charged with murder [Chicago Tribune]