A Northlake man was held in lieu of a $2 million bond Saturday for allegedly slashing the throat of another man he had been fighting in a parking lot near his apartment.
The bail was set during a hearing at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse for Bradley Janikowski, 44, who is charged with murder, officials said.
Two witnesses heard Janikowski, fighting with Michael W. Brumbeloe in the parking lot near the apartment on the 200 block of South Wolf Road, at around 11:45 p.m. Aug. 23, Cook County prosecutors said.
One witness intervened when he saw Janikowski tackle and punch Brumbeloe repeatedly with his fists, said Assistant State's Attorney Michael Cummings in bond court.
After the witness pushed Janikowski off of Brumbeloe, Janikowski allegedly folded an object that looked like a knife and placed it into his front pocket, prosecutors said.
Meanwhile, Brumbeloe was gasping for air and bleeding from his neck, according to court documents.
When the witness demanded to know what happened, Janikowski said, "Go ahead, call the police, call the police," the court documents state. Janikowski then went inside the red-brick apartment building, but later returned outside when police arrived.
Brumbeloe was taken to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, where he was pronounced dead at 12:06 a.m., prosecutors said. It was unclear how the two men knew each other, or where Brumbeloe, previously of Melrose Park, lived.
Along with recovering a knife with blood, authorities found blood trails that led from the parking lot up to the third floor of the building, where Janikowski lives, and a small amount of blood on Janikowski's apartment door handle.