Cook County Sheriff’s Office releases never-before-seen video to CBS 2 investigators, hoping viewers can help solve Chris Urbina’s murder
CHICAGO (CBS) – A video shows a victim driven to his death. A father in a playground desperately dials 911. The distinctive getaway car.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has released this never-before-seen surveillance video of a homicide case to investigators on CBS 2, hoping that you, our viewers, can help resolve this case.
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An unexpected crime scene
It was a hot August day – children were rushing to the playground, a family was looking for shade under a gazebo, people were picnicking all over the park.
Typical summer festivities unfolded until two men walked down a wooded path, just 100 yards from where these children and families were frolicking.
Shortly after the two men entered the woods, people could hear one of the men screaming for help.
But before park visitors or authorities could intervene, Chris Urbina, 52, was brutally stabbed to death in a Fullerton forest preserve.
The murder was so cruelly executed that it stunned even the best detectives in Cook County.
“I have seen a lot of different murders in my life,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. “It was particularly violent.”
“It was shocking,” said Cook County Detective Ginny Georgantas.
“An incredible individual”
Urbina’s unexpected death shattered the lives of her family and friends.
âHe was an incredible individual. He was always smiling, âsaid Bob Staley, Urbina’s friend for 30 years. âHe always wanted to make sure you had a good time.
“He was the kind of guy to give you the shirt off your back,” said Keven Pipkens, another of Urbina’s longtime friends.
Urbina was also a Ford white collar, a Cubs fan, and most of all, he loved his elderly mother.
âThey were best friends,â Staley said.
On August 8, 2020, the last thing Mr. Urbina did was cook his mother’s breakfast. Then, without telling him where he was going, he drove off with an unidentified man who will later murder him.
Putting the puzzle together
Detective Georgantas has been tasked with finding Urbina’s killer.
She reviewed nearly 3,000 surveillance clips from neighboring residences and businesses to track the offender.
Never-before-seen videos show Urbina and the suspect stopping in the forest reserve, passing the playground and the suspect leading the way into the woods.
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Then, twelve minutes later, the suspect comes out of the woods – alone.
âIt’s very daring,â Detective Georgantas said. âNoonâ¦ people all around. “
What makes this gruesome murder even more frightening are the footage of the suspect leaving the forest reserve unhurried and seemingly phased.
A disturbed 911 caller noted that the suspect’s walk was “relaxed” and “slow.” And after sitting in his car for almost a minute, he finally drives off.
âShe is a person who clearly has no qualms about committing acts of violence anytime and anywhere,â Sheriff Dart said.
Sheriff Dart has been working with detectives on this case for over a year. They hope that the search for the distinctive getaway vehicle will help them identify an offender.
They believe the offender’s car is a spruce green Grand Marquis. It has a noticeable dent in the rear passenger side door, the emblem on the front grille is missing, and there is no license plate.
Detectives scanned and gathered surveillance footage from neighboring residences and businesses to follow the suspect’s escape route for two miles.
After leaving the forest preserve on Ditka Drive, the suspect then traveled eastbound on Grand Avenue, then turned around and ended up on Indian Boundary Road. He swerves in some alleys and comes back on Grand Avenue. The car then turns south on Westbrook Drive and then east on Fullerton Avenue. Final footage detectives were able to pull together shows him turning southbound on 77th Court in Elmwood Park.
Detectives couldn’t find any more video of the car, or it was recorded – a turn that ultimately cooled the matter down.
“He’s a dangerous person who needs to be caught,” Detective Georgantas said. âWe need the public’s help.
The casual daytime killer now has the best look in Cook County, for the ‘who’.
Detectives say any information, no matter how trivial it may seem, can be crucial to solving this case.
the Cook County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $ 1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the offender in this case. Those with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-STOP. They can also contact Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives at 708-865-4896.
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