The suspect in the murder of six people and the wounding of 31 at a parade in Highland Park earlier today has been captured and taken into custody. The grilling of the suspect is taking place at the station.
Crimo III calls himself ‘Awake the Rapper’.
At about 6:30 p.m., a North Chicago police officer spotted 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III at Route 41 and Buckley Road, police said.
There was a brief pursuit, but the vehicle was stopped at Westleigh Road and Route 41 in Lake Forest.
Robert Crimo III obeyed officers’ commands when they caught up with him.
Here is the arrest video of #HighlandPark mass shooting person of interest, Robert “Bobby” Crimo III. He gets out of a vehicle with his hands up and lays down on the ground per the police commands. pic.twitter.com/oAJJClzUr4
— Andy Ngô ️ (@MrAndyNgo) July 5, 2022
BREAKING: Robert “Bobby” Crimo III has been identified as the person of interest in the deadly mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois (near Chicago). Six were killed & dozens injured at the July 4th holiday parade massacre. #HighlandPark pic.twitter.com/sgjxB0G6aT
— Andy Ngô ️ (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2022
There are a lot of screengrabs and clips of the suspect online although his weird accounts were taken down. In the shots, he is seen at a Trump rally, wearing a Trump flag, a Peppy frog shirt, and at a pro-police rally. Maybe he’s a supporter or maybe he was considering shooting them, who knows.
On the other hand, he is in shots with a Democratic Socialists of America symbol, an Antifa symbol, and numerous ‘likes’ on Biden’s comments. He also identifies in posts as a “liberal”. He said, “I am a liberal.”
Crimo calls himself ‘awake’ and made weird and disturbing rap videos. It looked like he considered shooting up a class in one.
There is one photo that is critical of Israel and he did shoot into a parade in a largely Jewish neighborhood. It could be a hint as to motive or not.
WARNING, DEEPLY DISTURBING
The rapper released a cryptic track called “Are You Awake” on Oct. 15, 2021. The track appears to suggest that Crimo was planning a life-defining moment that “not even he could stop.” The video includes drawings of a man aiming a rifle at another person.
The video also includes an image of a newspaper clipping about Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated President John F. Kennedy, and another image of a victim shot with blood spraying from the body.
“Like a sleepwalker, I am unable to stop and think,” he says in the track. “My actions will be valiant and my thought is unnecessary. I know what I have to do, I know what’s in it, not only for me, but for everyone else.”
“There is no past or future, just the now,” he adds. “It is more abstract than I can ever imagine. I can feel the atmosphere pushing me in. It’s unstoppable, like a wave pulling me under, I can’t breathe without it.”
“I need to leave now, I need to just do it. It is my destiny, everything has led up to this,” Crimo says. “Nothing can stop me, not even myself. Is there such thing as free will, or has this been planned out, like a cosmic recipe?”
“It is what I’ve been waiting for in the back of my head, ready to be awakened, It is what I’ve been sent here to do, like a sleepwalker,” he adds.
Unbelievable that Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, a person of interest in the Highland Park, Illinois parade shooting, posted this video to his YouTube page. I took this video before the page was removed by YouTube. Sound on. pic.twitter.com/caGlLwjhKF
— Evelyn Baker Lang (@EvelynBakerLan1) July 5, 2022
He is not unique. People are making this political but he’s all over the place. The man is mentally deranged, just like the others.
Look at the photo. Do you honestly think he’s sane?
More screenshots. pic.twitter.com/4aBPY033r3
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 5, 2022
— Andy Ngô ️ (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2022
A video posted 8 months ago by the Highland Park shooter shows cartoon pictures of someone with a gun & people being shot.
In the voiceover he says “I know what I have to do. I know what’s in it, not only for me, but for everyone else…. I need to just do it. It is my destiny.” pic.twitter.com/NJYe2wTLiG
— American Pigeon (@AmericanPigeon) July 4, 2022
These are the photos of Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, that have been “overlooked” so far by Andy. There seems to be a recurring theme. Weird pic.twitter.com/ZVehMH3gTJ
— ℂ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ ҈ (@CharAznabIe_) July 4, 2022
At least I come with receipts!!!!!BOOM pic.twitter.com/RquenMqTRK
— Kathy (@Kathy2259) July 4, 2022
I think he’s all over the place pic.twitter.com/YxFIxGz3mv
— Taco Tommy (@cknchimayo) July 5, 2022
Some of the people commenting on Twitter are vile. This one is making it about race. It’s very hateful. Many are comparing it to the criminal who was shot by police 60 times. They don’t even know yet what the full story is but are commenting recklessly anyway.
Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III another white shooter. Its time for blacks people to start crossing the street when we see white people. Hopefully the government starts throwing money at a solution to why white people continue to do this.
— Eric J (@MyLifeMatter100) July 5, 2022