Monday, April 8, 2019
Bond Set at $3 Million for Wheaton Man Accused of Murdering Brother-in-law
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Wheaton Chief of Police Bill Murphy announced today that bond has been set for a Wheaton man accused of killing his brother in law. Pi Lat, 38 (d.o.b. 10/2/1981) of 1340 N. Main Street, appeared in Bond Court this afternoon where Judge Thomas Else set bond at $3 million with 10% to apply. Lat has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder.
On April 7, at approximately 6:24 a.m., officers with the Wheaton Police Department responded to two 9-1-1 calls for emergency assistance at 1340 N. Main Street. One call was placed by a neighbor and one by the wife of the victim. Upon their arrival at the apartment, officers found Lat standing near the body of the victim, A Bawi, 39, in a pool of blood. Bawi had allegedly been stabbed several times and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lat was immediately taken into custody at this time. It is alleged that while Bawi was asleep in the apartment, Lat armed himself with two knives and went to where Bawi was asleep. It is alleged that Lat then repeatedly stabbed Bawi while he slept.
“It is alleged that early yesterday morning, Pi Lat armed himself with two knives, approached his victim while he slept and stabbed him to death,” Berlin said. “To Mr. Bawi’s surviving family and friends, I offer my sincerest condolences as they attempt to cope with the senseless loss they are now experiencing. I would like to thank the Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and Carol Stream Police Departments as well as the Major Crimes Task Force for their work that resulted in today’s charges. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Mandy Meindl for her efforts in preparing a very strong case against Mr. Lat.”
“We appreciate the support and patience the community has shown us since yesterday morning,” Chief Murphy said. “Due to the isolated and contained nature of this crime, initial details were not shared beyond assuring the community there was no additional danger. Limiting the release of information ensures the integrity of the investigation while respecting the victim, the victim’s family, and the criminal justice process. We are thankful for our first responders including Wheaton Police Department, Wheaton Fire Department, the Carol Stream Police Department, members of State’s Attorney Bob Berlin's office, College of DuPage Police Department, Glen Ellyn Police Department, and the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force, as they worked together over the last 36 hours to bring charges against the defendant.”
Lat’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 6, 2019, in front of Judge Liam Brennan for arraignment.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.