Murder charges announced for West Rogers Park man who knew roommate ‘was dying and did not call an ambulance,’ police say

Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune
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The roommate of a slain man whose body was found wrapped in a rug late last month told police he “knew he was dying” but didn’t call an ambulance, according to Chicago police.

Anton Urbikas, 34, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of Mark Criddell, 49, who was found March 28 on the kitchen floor of an apartment in the 6400 block of Sacramento Avenue in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, police said.

Though it was not clear what they were fighting about, the motive in the attack was a domestic fight that happened March 17, when Urbikas allegedly struck Criddell in the head “numerous” times and he told police he “knew he was dying and did not call an ambulance,” police said.

Urbikas also allegedly told police that he concealed the body and “altered the crime scene,” police said.

After alerts from other residents in the building, police found Criddell 11 days after the alleged attack about 8 a.m. He was covered in a rug and a blue tarp.

An autopsy determined Criddell died of multiple injuries from an assault and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police at the time said Criddell also suffered from several “sharp force” injuries to his face, neck and chest.

Urbikas had been a suspect due to multiple prior fights with Criddell, including a stabbing, and on Wednesday, as he was being released from Jackson Park Hospital, officers arrested Urbikas, according to police.

Urbikas, also of the 2900 block of West Devon Avenue, was due in court on Friday.

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