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Patrolman Anthony Charles Raymond | Hillside Police Department, Illinois Hillside Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Anthony Charles Raymond

Hillside Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, October 1, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 114

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Anthony Raymond was murdered after being abducted during a traffic stop on the westbound entrance ramp to the Eisenhower Expressway at Mannheim Road at 10:15 pm.

Patrolman Raymond was unaware the three occupants in the suspicious vehicle he stopped had just committed an armed robbery of $5,000 from the Swedish Manor Restaurant minutes before. The suspects abducted the officer, taking him to one of the their homes where he was strangled with a guitar string. He was then stabbed four times in the back which proved to be fatal.

The suspects placed his body in a 55-gallon drum which was transported to a farm owned by the sister of the same suspect near Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Patrolman Raymond's body was then buried in a shallow grave and not found until nearly 11 months later.

Two suspects were convicted of conspiracy, aggravated kidnapping and murder. The offender who committed the strangling and stabbing was sentenced to three concurrent terms of 100 to 200 years. The other offender was sentenced to four concurrent terms of 75 to 150 years in prison. The third suspect was killed during an attempted robbery in Indiana in 1973.

Patrolman Raymond had served with the Hillside Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Berkeley Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife, 3- and 4-year-old sons, brother, sister, and parents.

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I was a policeman on the River Forest Department and was working the street that night Tony got abducted. The trio had ditched the stolen vehicle they used in the robbery. Tony pulled down the second vehicle which was registered to one of them. If I remember right, the news of the robbery had not been known yet. Tony called in the license plate on the radio. The Hillside dispatcher did not receive a complete transmission from him. There were maybe 17 towns that shared the same radio frequency. His signal was interrupted. The Forest Park PD happened to dispatch an armed robbery call right at that time and only a partial transmission from Tony (the last time he was ever heard) was received. River Forest had the only tape recording of the radio transmissions. We attempted to decipher Tony's transmission but could only make out a fraction of the license plate info. The tape was sent to a lab that tried to use some special technology to hear his transmission, to no avail.
I along with many police officers, not only from the western suburbs, but from all over the Chicago area searched for that vehicle using the partial plate info. We ran down the many tips that came in. Many brothers in blue came with me to Hillside in the weeks following. We searched for that vehicle and Officer Ramond. Every possible lead was followed. We prayed for him along with the Ramondi family,. We clung onto all hope, to the end, but as we all know now the ending became tragic.

Unfortunately it was sometime after, that to ease the congestion on the radio, the police departments were divided into smaller groups assigned to various other frequencies.

HHB Lieutenant, Retired
River Forest PD
February 13, 2015

 

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