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 …
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 …