Thursday, October 13, 2011
Lynwood cop Brian Dorian, of Crete, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages for being arrested and accused in the 2010 shooting spree. The actual shooter was later killed in Orland Park.
The police officer charged with murder and jailed last year amidst a media circus following a string of shootings in Will County, later attributed to the "Honeybee Killer," is suing Will County officials, saying they conspired to falsely arrest and imprison him. Brian Dorian, the Lynwood cop who lived in rural southeast Will County and found himself caught up in the investigation because he resembled the Honeybee shooter, is suing Sheriff Paul Kaupas and State's Attorney James Glasgow, along with Dean Morelli, an investigator in Glasgow's office, for $10 million, reports Patch editor Joe Hosey. Dorian was arrested a year and five days ago in connection with a shooting spree on both sides of the Illinois-Indiana border. The gun attacks …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Josh Garza might have died after he was shot in the head by Gary Amaya, but instead he exceeded doctors’ expectations in his recovery.
Josh Garza is able to laugh now. The 20-year-old can also sit up, dress himself, walk without help from other people and sing. Garza said he laughed at the doctors who at one time told him that he may not even live through the night, after he was shot in the head about a year ago. Garza was attacked by Gary Amaya, the man police linked to shootings and attempted robberies in Illinois and Indiana, and was often described as the honeybee killer. On Oct. 5, 2010, Garza was rehabbing a house in Beecher with his longtime friend Matt Burton, now 21, and 45-year-old Rolando Alonso, when Amaya walked up to them and made idle small talk, mentioning honeybees before opening fire. Garza was hit by a bullet near his right eye. While Burton dodged the …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
After months of speculation, Gary L. Amaya, killed in December as he tried to rob an Orland Park tanning salon, was named the man behind the murder of an Indiana man in October.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
In an announcement Tuesday, the Will County Sheriff's Office ended months of speculation by naming Gary Amaya, who was killed in December during an attempted robbery at an Orland Park tanning salon, as the "Honeybee Killer." The office named Amaya, 48, of Rankin, as the murderer of Rolando Alonzo, 45, of Hammond, IN, and the man who shot and robbed Lowell, IN, farmer Keith Dahl, both on Oct. 5. Alonzo was killed as he and two co-workers were at a job site in Will County. Dahl was shot in rural Lake County, IN. Dubbed the "honeybee killer" because he asked at least three people about honeybees before firing on them, the gunman was hunted throughout the south suburbs and Indiana without success. On Dec. 11, Amaya entered an Orland Park L.A…
Saturday, December 25, 2010
WARNING-GRAPHIC CONTENT: The 911 call from a female clerk at L.A. Tan made just after Jason McDaniel took the gun from Gary Amaya.
Orland Park police on Friday released a recording of the 911 call made by a clerk at L.A. Tan just after Jason McDaniel thwarted an armed Gary Amaya. McDaniel can be heard firing the gun at Amaya after the assailant moved toward him. Amaya said he was there to rob the salon, and ordered the clerk to tie herself. McDaniel arrived for an appointment minutes later and was told to do the same, but McDaniel rushed Amaya when he bent over to pick up an item. Amaya later died from the wound. Police later determined the Colt .38 Special revolver found at L.A. Tan was the same weapon used in the "honeybee" shootings, where one man died and two others were injured in October. Amaya's vehicle, found in a nearby parking lot, also matches descriptions …
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The tanning salon's management said owners have installed new surveillance cameras and panic buttons to make staff and customers feel safe.
L.A. Tan reopened its doors last Wednesday, only four days after an armed robber who could be connected to a murder and other shootings was thwarted by a dexterous customer. Assistant manager Danielle McKeown said the tanning salon's owners have beefed up security systems to make the "shaken-up" staff feel more comfortable as they put the attack behind them. "We got new cameras, we got new panic buttons," she said. "We're feeling a lot more safe now than we did before." Rankin resident Gary Amaya walked into the Orland Park L.A. Tan on Dec. 11, pulled out a handgun and calmly announced he was robbing the salon. In surveillance footage, a young female clerk behind the counter can be seen reaching for a phone but stopping as she'd …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Ballistics on the gun used in the foiled L.A. Tan robbery match those in the "honeybee" case. And a witness says Gary Amaya is the man who shot at him.
More signs point toward foiled L.A. Tan robber Gary Amaya as the man responsible for an October shooting spree, but investigators are still reviewing evidence before making a final call. The gun used by Amaya while trying to rob an Orland Park tanning salon last weekend matched the weapon used in the "honeybee" attacks, Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas said Thursday. "The weapon, projectiles from Lake County, Will County and Orland Park were then prepared by the lab," Kaupas said. "The projectiles were all found to come from the same weapon, the Colt .38 Special found at (L.A. Tan)." The "honeybee killer" is responsible for three attacks in October that left one man dead and two others injured. Dubbed the "honeybee killer" because he asked …
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The robber watches, gun in hand, as the clerk fumbles with the rope, surveillance footage released Tuesday night shows. Then a customer seizes the moment and saves the day.
Gary Amaya went into L.A. Tan in Orland Park Saturday night with a .38-caliber pistol in his pocket. Less than 10 minutes later, the rotund gunman was on the floor, beaten and shot. Jason McDaniel told reporters that he decided on a whim to stop by the L.A. Tan, at 15633 S. 94th Ave., about 6:30 p.m. Amaya, 48, had already tied up the clerk. He ordered McDaniel, 29, to tie himself as well. Amaya then put the pistol down on a counter and bent over to pick up an item he dropped. McDaniel rushed Amaya with a good 10 feet between the two men and they struggled. Within a minute, McDaniel grabbed the gun, struck Amaya in the head with it and fired. The clerk called 911 and tried to untie herself. Amaya was shot in his side, and died an hour …
Monday, December 13, 2010
As police pursue leads that may tie the slain stickup man to the "honeybee killer" case, L.A. Tan thanks the customer who disarmed and shot the would-be robber, calling him "our Superman."
The .38-caliber pistol held by a man in an attempted robbery Saturday at L.A. Tan in Orland Park Saturday — who was then shot with the gun when a customer took it from him — might be the same weapon used in a series of October shootings in Indiana and Illinois, sources have told several news outlets. But authorities have not confirmed on the record information about test results on the weapon. "Will County detectives are actively working on the investigation and until it is completed there will be no further information/comments released," Kathy Hoffmeyer, spokeswoman for the Will County Sheriff's Office, wrote in an email Tuesday. Gary Amaya walked into L.A. Tan Saturday night with a gun and rope, intent on robbery. But when Jason …