Island Lake man accused of drug-induced homicide

  • Joseph W. Crisara III

    Joseph W. Crisara III

 
 
Updated 2/5/2016 10:47 AM
Editor's note: A Feb. 3 story about an arrest in a Mundelein drug-induced homicide case included incorrect attribution to a quote. The comment should have read: In the news release, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said his office is committed to “aggressively prosecuting those that choose to take advantage of people by selling poison in our communities.” Additionally, the victim's name, was misspelled. The correct spelling is Jason Ericksen.

An Island Lake man has been charged in the overdose death of a Mundelein man in December, authorities announced Tuesday.

Joseph W. Crisara III, 28, of the 300 block Tulip Circle, was charged with drug-induced homicide more than a month after the death of 27-year-old Jason Ericksen.

 

Ericksen was found unresponsive in his bedroom by relatives late Dec. 26.

Before paramedics arrived, police officers administered one dose of naloxone, a drug used to reverse the potentially deadly effects of a heroin overdose. Ericksen couldn't be saved, however, and died at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

An autopsy revealed Ericksen died of heroin intoxication, said Orlando Portillo, chief deputy of the Lake County coroner's office.

Crisara became a suspect in Ericksen's death after a meeting of Lake County police investigators, according to a news release from Mundelein police.

Crisara recently had been released from state prison after a 2014 arrest for manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, police said.

A search of the data on Ericksen's cellphone linked him to Crisara, police said.

Crisara was arrested Monday after Mundelein police, the McHenry County sheriff's office and U.S. marshals used a warrant to search his home.

In the news release, Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim said his office is committed to "aggressively prosecuting those that choose to take advantage of people by selling poison in our communities."

Lake County Associate Judge George Strickland set Crisara's bail at $200,000 Tuesday afternoon.

He remained in custody with a Feb. 9 court date.

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