Police Hold Press Conference; Seek Assistance in 2013 Thorton Homicide
Release date: 3/4/2014
The Streamwood Police Department is seeking help from potential witnesses or knowledgeable parties regarding the homicide and robbery at Thorton's Gas Station (2 N Barrington Road) in March, 2013. The robbery and homicide occurred in the early morning hours of March 16, 2013. The offender appeared to be a light-skinned male approximately 5' 9" - 6 feet tall. He was dressed in dark clothing, with his face and hands covered (see photos).
Streamwood Police held a press conference today, in order to announce an increased reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer responsible for this senseless and tragic death. Secondly, the Department released video segments of the crime to encourage those with potential information to come forward.
At the press conference, Police Chief Jim Keegan remarked that the victim, Andy Jaiswal, was a "young man who was tragically killed, while he worked the overnight shift at Thornton’s Gas Station. Andy was quietly going about his duties in a non-suspecting manner when he was brutally and violently stabbed to death by a would-be robber. A docile, quiet and unassuming victim, Andy offered no resistance to his killer. Instead, he was cooperative with the suspect’s demands before being viciously attacked and unnecessarily killed.
"Andy came to the United States to find a better life for himself and his family. The sole breadwinner, Andy worked extra hours trying to pursue his dreams of working with computers. Instead, Andy experienced first-hand the brutality and evil possessed by those who are void of a conscience."
The police released a short segment of video showing the killer in the store (Click here to view video). The video depicts the gait, mannerisms and movements of the killer. The police ask that people pay particular attention to the killer’s walk, build and body language. As seen in the video, this killer went to great lengths to avoid detection and conceal his appearance. He was hooded, masked and wore gloves. He also dressed in all black clothing.
Chief Keegan commented, that "immediately following the murder, someone out there saw something; someone out there heard something; and someone out there knows something. That SOMEONE needs to do the right thing and come forward."
The reward is growing and has recently been increased through the help of the website www.donatereward.com. The reward now stands at over $27,000.
The Streamwood Police Department, the Major Case Assistance Team and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office are committed to apprehending and prosecuting the person responsible for this crime. Chief Keegan stated that, "we need callers right now to come forward with information. Too much time has elapsed since this brutal crime took place."
An anonymous tip-line is still up and running that can accept calls 24/7. That number is (630) 736-3719. Callers wishing to speak to an investigator can call the Streamwood Police Department at (630) 736-3700.