Suspect in Romeoville killings, passenger dead in car crash, police say

A suspect in the shooting deaths of a south suburban couple and their two children and his female companion have both died following a fiery traffic crash in Oklahoma, Romeoville police and Oklahoma authorities said Wednesday.

Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Christopher Burne said police had identified Nathaniel Huey Jr., 31, as a person of interest in the killings of Alberto Rolon, Zoraida Bartolomei, their two sons and their three dogs.

Police first found Rolon, Bartolomei and their children shot to death along with their dogs while conducting a wellness check at their home on the 500 block of Concord Avenue Sunday evening. All four victims were pronounced dead at at 11:50 pm. that night, according to the Will County coroner’s office.

Shortly afterward, Burne said police identified Huey and a woman linked to Huey, both of Streamwood, as people of interest in the family’s death. The woman was reported missing and endangered on Sept. 19, Burne said.

Burne said police in Catoosa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday morning attempted to stop a car with a license plate of interest in the investigation. The driver fled police, crashed and caught fire, Burne said. Police heard gunshots and found both occupants of the car, a man and a woman, with gunshot wounds. The man died in the incident while the woman was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and later died, according to a statement from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Authorities did not identify the woman.

Richard Hackworth, a neighbor of Huey’s and the unidentified woman said he had a friendly relationship with Huey and said he had been very surprised to hear that his neighbor was a suspect in the weekend’s killings.

“I never even could think of him doing that,” Hackworth told the Tribune on Wednesday. “He was a happy, fun guy.”

Burne said information was still limited and did not give the relationship between the suspect and the victims. “This portion of the incident is still unfolding,” he said. “This literally just happened. Nothing in our investigation leads us to believe there are any other suspects.”

The Will County Major Crimes Task Force is assisting Romeoville police with investigating the deaths, which it said took place overnight between Saturday and Sunday. Final cause and manner of death for the four victims will be determined after police, autopsy and toxicological reports are completed, the coroner’s office said.

The Catoosa Police Department could not be immediately reached for comment.