Police confirm son of Arlington Hts. victim is being held

  • Arlington Heights police on Thursday investigate the death of a 55-year-old man, now ruled a homicide, on the 1000 block of Wilshire Lane.

      Arlington Heights police on Thursday investigate the death of a 55-year-old man, now ruled a homicide, on the 1000 block of Wilshire Lane. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • In East Dundee, the damaged car of the suspect where police pulled him over.

    In East Dundee, the damaged car of the suspect where police pulled him over. Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Forensic investigators with the Major Case Assistance Team Crime Scene Command Unit on the scene of the death investigation Thursday.

      Forensic investigators with the Major Case Assistance Team Crime Scene Command Unit on the scene of the death investigation Thursday. MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY | Staff Photographer

  • Concerned neighbors congregate near the crime scene Thursday.

      Concerned neighbors congregate near the crime scene Thursday. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 4/16/2011 6:47 AM

The 19-year-old son of a homicide victim in Arlington Heights was being held by Arlington Heights police Friday, and authorities said charges are pending.

An autopsy on the 55-year-old victim, George Nellesson, was completed Friday afternoon, which confirmed he had been killed, a Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman said. Neither agency offered specifics as to how he died, but police say Nellessen suffered head and neck trauma and puncture wounds, and the medical examiner's office referred to "multiple sharp force" injuries.

 

Police and paramedics found Nellesson in his home on the 1000 block of Wilshire Lane Thursday morning after police received a 911 call at 8:45 a.m. When they found him he was in a state "beyond medical attention," officials said.

Arlington Heights police Capt. Nicholas Pecora said authorities are moving ahead with the case against the son, who has been in police custody since his capture Thursday after a high-speed chase through several suburbs.

Pecora said charges likely wouldn't be filed Friday, and would not comment specifically on whether other suspects are being sought.

"We're pursuing all active leads," Pecora said Friday. "There will be nothing in bond court before close of business today."

Nellessen, a widower, lived in the brick split-level home along with his son. A daughter is attending college in Alabama.

According to police, the person who called 911 also reported that a family member of the dead man abruptly left the home and drove away in a tan Mercury Grand Marquis.

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Police broadcast a description of the car, and at about 9:30 a.m. a Schaumburg police officer spotted the vehicle near Harper College and tried to make a traffic stop.

Instead of stopping, the driver took off, and the pursuit went through the college parking lot and then westbound on Algonquin Road into Hoffman Estates, Barrington Hills and then the Dundee area.

Officers from multiple suburban police departments took part in the 30-minute chase, which ended in East Dundee.

The suspect, identified by police as Nellesson's son, was apprehended on Williams Road in East Dundee, near Van Buren Street.