Could Orland Salon Stickup Be Tied to 'Honeybee Killer'?
A salon customer struggled with a stickup man at L.A. Tan in Orland and shot the would-be robber after taking away his gun. Now cops are looking into whether the slain gunman may be tied to October's spree shootings in rural Will County and Indiana.
Update, 10:29 p.m.
The gunman killed while trying to hold up an Orland Park tanning salon may be connected to the "honeybee killer" case that gripped the south suburbs a few months ago.
The Will County Sheriff's Office is "looking closely" at the robber, who was shot to death with his own gun after a struggle with a salon customer, reports the Chicago Tribune, citing unnamed sources. The "honeybee killer" fatally shot one person and wounded two others in a two-state shooting spree in October.
The slain gunman is identified in the story as Gary Amaya, 48, of Rankin. A representative from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Sunday night that Gary Amaya died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Original post, 12:03 p.m
Robber Dies After Being Disarmed and Shot by Salon Customer
An armed man's attempt to rob an Orland Park salon was foiled Saturday night when a customer disarmed him and shot him with his own gun. The robber later died from two gunshot wounds.
The would-be robber pointed a handgun at a woman working at L.A. Tan, 15633 S. 94th Ave., after he entered the salon and announced he was robbing it around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Orland Park Police Department. The armed man then ordered a female employee at the salon to tie her hands and feet together with rope he brought, police said. Another woman was in the salon at the time, using a tanning bed.
Minutes later, another man then went into the salon for his scheduled appointment and was confronted by the armed man, according to police. The gunman aimed his handgun at him and demanded that he tie his hands with rope, but the male customer was able to take the gun away from him, police said. The gunman then "moved aggressively" toward the male customer when the customer shot him twice with the gun intended for the robbery, according to reports.
Officers sent to the salon found the man who had been shot twice, the female employee who called in the incident, the male customer and the female patron. The gunman was treated by the Orland Fire Protection District and taken by them to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead from the gunshot wounds around 7:30 p.m. The body was taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.
The employee and the customers were "visibly upset" but were not harmed in the incident, police said. The male customer remained at the salon until police arrived, and cooperated with the ensuing investigation, according to officers. He was not charged and was released from the scene.
Video surveillance at L.A. Tan captured the incident, and was reviewed. The handgun was recovered from the scene, and a vehicle believed to belong to the robber also was found near the salon, police said.
Police are not releasing the gunman's identity until his fingerprints are scanned and family members identify him.