Ohio Illinois Man Charged with First Degree Murder, Held on $10 Million Bond


Police use chemical agents to arrest an Ohio, Illinois man suspected of killing a 69-year-old male and kidnapping an infant after he barricaded himself in his residence.  On October 23, 2022, around 6 PM, The Bureau County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a 10-month-old child taken by a non-custodial parent in the 300 block of Railroad Street in Ohio, Illinois. Before the Sheriff’s Office arrival, the deceased body of a 69-year-old male was discovered near the intersection of West Railroad and Elm Streets.  The Bureau County State’s Attorney identified Jerome Lauer as the fatal shooting victim.  The suspect was identified as Matthew J. Pariadee, 31, of Ohio. Police secured a search warrant for Matthew Pairadee’s residence after Pairadee barricaded himself in the basement of the house and refused to come out. Negotiators from the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police attempted to negotiate with Pairadee to come out of the house. Pairadee refused to come out after hours of negotiations so chemical agents were later deployed into the house and Pairadee was taken into custody. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and will be released by the Bureau County Coroner when appropriate.

Matthew Pairadee was officially charged this morning with three (3) counts of First Degree Murder (Class M Felonies) and Home Invasion/Firearm (Class X Felony) (2022CF67).  Pairadee is held in the Bureau County Jail on $10 Million Bond.  An Arraignment Hearing is scheduled for November 28, 2022 at 1:15 PM.  A fitness evaluation was ordered and scheduled for review on December 16th at 2:30 PM.  Matthew J Pairadee was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Class A Misdemeanor) (2022CM55) on April 21, 2022, and had a Jury Pre-Trial Hearing scheduled for October 28, 2022.

Ohio Community Schools were closed on October 24th due to the active investigation in the area and the command center being setup at the school. School was back in session on October 25th after the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office said that there is no longer a threat to the community.  The school posted on Facebook that they have social workers available.

The incident is under investigation by the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois State Police, and the Bureau County Coroner. Agencies assisting with the incident include: Princeton Police and Fire departments, Princeton EMS, Bureau County EMA, Buda Police Department, Walnut, Wyanet, and Ohio Fire Departments and the Illinois Department of Conservation.

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