More than seven years after Michael Romano told investigators he found his parents’ bodies in their home near Crystal Lake, prosecutors said Thursday they have charged him with the couple’s murders.
Nick Romano, 71, and Gloria Romano, 65, were both found shot in the back of the head on Nov. 20, 2006, police said at the time. The house alarm had been set, nothing was stolen, and there were no signs of a struggle, police said. Investigators said Michael Romano told them he had gone to check on them because he couldn’t reach them by phone.
He cooperated with investigators in the week following the murder, investigators said, then abruptly stopped and later moved from his home in Algonquin to Las Vegas, Nev.
That’s where he was arrested Tuesday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, after an indictment and arrest warrant were issued this month, according to the release from the sheriff’s office, which investigated the case.
Bond for Romano, 54, was set at $3 million. He waived extradition Thursday and was expected to be transported to face charges in McHenry County Circuit Court next week, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs said.
Police said previously they received 180 leads in the case, but none led to an arrest until now. Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said Michael Romano had been a person of interest in the case all along.
Nick and Gloria Romano had lived at the home in the otherwise peaceful Killarney Acres for nearly 30 years. Gloria was a homemaker, and Nick had retired from Pepper Construction in Chicago and coordinated a union apprentice program.
The couple were popular and private. A family friend said Nick never opened the door to strangers.
Another son, Nicholas Romano, told the Tribune in 2010 that he thought he knew who did it, and was waiting for officials to charge the person. He said he saw his father the day before the murders, and nothing was out of the ordinary.
He promised at the time not to let his late parents down, saying, “I will see this through.”
Investigators are still open to anyone who can come forward with additional information in the case, Zinke said, and there was still a $100,000 reward in the case for information leading to a successful prosecution.