Monday, September 16, 2013

Only one dead? "Suspicious"

Woodstock Police, aided by MIAT, are investigating the death of Mark Medina, 34, who was found in Woodstock on Saturday afternoon. Northwest Herald reports indicate police were summoned to the 1900 block of Sheila Street for an "unresponsive" man.

The news article's update online at 11:19PM Sunday referred to a press release sent from the Woodstock Police Department (to media) on Sunday morning. That press release does not yet appear on the PD's website.

And, according to the newspaper article, police deem Medina's death "suspicious". I guess so, if he had multiple stab and incised wounds. Am I the only one who questions whether any danger to the public exists, in the  absence of further information about who caused Medina's death?

Is there a suspect or person-of-interest?

Medina was convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm in 1996 and spent several years at Stateville State Prison. In 2011 he was convicted of a drug offense and got another year there. He is reported to have several gang-related tattoos. One unofficial website says Medina was admitted to Stateville on 1/17/12 and had a projected parole date of 1/28/12. (Does this provide a clue as to what is wrong with the penal system in Illinois?)

Yesterday I wrote that two died, after receiving information from a reader. The Northwest Herald is reporting only Medina's death; the information I received may be incorrect.

Is a body with multiple stab wounds more than "suspicious"? If the wounds weren't self-inflicted, who stabbed Medina? Where is that person? Who reported an "unresponsive" man? Were police notified by telephone?

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