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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Bond Set at $500,000 for Lombard Man Accused of Murder

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Mike Ruth announced today that a Lombard man has been charged with murder following an altercation at an Elmhurst bar last Saturday night. Ronald Dunbar, 55 (d.o.b. 5/6/1965) of the 400 block of S. Brewster Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply. Dunbar has been charged with one count of First-Degree Murder.


On April 10, 2021 at approximately 6:09 p.m., Elmhurst police officers were dispatched to the Spring Inn, located at 552 South Spring Road, for a disturbance. Upon their arrival, officers observed a broken front window at the establishment. At approximately 6:16 p.m., officers received a call of an unconscious individual, later identified as Karl Bomba, at a park approximately one mile south of the bar. Officers responded to the call and found Bomba unconscious and not breathing. He was immediately transported to a local hospital. Yesterday afternoon, Karl Bomba succumbed to a stab wound he sustained and was pronounced dead at Elmhurst hospital. Following an investigation into the matter led by the Elmhurst Police Department, it is alleged that an altercation between Bomba, Dunbar and a third individual outside the bar turned violent at which time Dunbar stabbed Bomba once in the chest with a pocketknife. A short time after the incident, Dunbar voluntarily went to the Elmhurst Police Department to be interviewed. Subsequently, Dunbar was arrested and charged.

“I would like to commend the Elmhurst Police Department for their efforts in this case,” Berlin said. “I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Bomba as they mourn this senseless loss of life. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Patrick Miner and Diane Michalak for their efforts in securing charges against Mr. Dunbar.”


Dunbar’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 15, 2021, for status hearing in front of Judge O’Hallaren Walsh.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is 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.