Murder suspect arrested at O’Hare with a one-way ticket to Nigeria: officials

Alexander Iwerebon | Chicago Police Department; Henry Thong

CHICAGO — A federal fugitive task force arrested a Chicago man to face murder charges as he tried to board a flight from O’Hare International Airport to Africa with a one-way ticket, officials said. It’s the second time since 2017 that Alexander Iwerebon has been charged with stabbing someone, but the first victim survived.

Judge David Kelly detained Iwerebon as a public safety and flight risk, citing his criminal history and the fact that he was “headed to Nigeria on a one-way flight” when authorities took him into custody at O’Hare.

In a petition seeking Iwerebon’s detention, Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord said surveillance videos and GPS location data showed he traveled from his Naperville home to the 5800 block of West Division on November 5.

Once there, he climbed through the victim’s rear window and stabbed him more than 25 times throughout the face and body, according to McCord. Video allegedly showed Iwerebon leaving ten minutes after he arrived and confirmed that no one else entered the man’s home before he was found dead nine days later.

McCord said investigators found an iPad belonging to Iwerebon at the murder scene. Court records do not detail what relationship, if any, Iwerebon had with the victim, 45-year-old Tracy Parham.

Prosecutors charged Iwerebon with first-degree murder and home invasion causing great bodily harm.

In 2017, DuPage County prosecutors accused Iwerebon of beating and stabbing an acquaintance multiple times in the back.

The outcome of that case was not immediately available, but Judge Kelly’s detention order said Iwerebon was previously convicted of stabbing someone.

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