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Lemont Couple Clings To Life, Son Charged With Attempted Murder

A Lemont man is in police custody after he allegedly beat his parents with dumbbells leaving both clinging to life, prosecutors said. Navin Abraham, 26, of the 12600 block of Briarcliffe Drive, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated domestic battery and two counts of aggravated battery. Abraham was denied bail during a court appearance Friday afternoon before Cook County Judge John Mahoney.

The prosecutor said that sometime on March 9, Abraham‘s mother, Anitha, 53, spoke to her brother in New Jersey. During the conversation, she told him that her son was acting strangely and was scared. When her brother suggested that she call police, Anitha said she didn’t want to call and get her son in trouble.

After several days of not hearing from his sister, Anitha’s brother contacted Lemont police on March 11 and requested a well-being check at the family‘s home in the 12600 block of Briarcliff Drive. Officers entered the house where they found Anitha and her 61-year-old husband, Thondemvelil Abraham, 61, in their bedroom. Both had suffered severe injuries from being badly beaten around the face and head. When officers asked Anitha who had beaten them, she told them, “Navin,” the prosecutor said. Police searched the home, where they found a dumbbell with blood on it in Abraham‘s bedroom.

Police determined that Abraham had fled Illinois. The Lemont man’s car was found abandoned at the side of Route 445 in Oklahoma. The body of the family dog was also discovered wrapped in a towel on the back seat of the abandoned vehicle. Authorities said the dog had been bludgeoned to death. Abraham was eventually located in Ranger, Texas, where he was taken into custody by local police and sheriff’s departments. He allegedly confessed to murdering his parents, not knowing that both were clinging to life in Illinois.

Abraham extradited to Illinois, where he was charged with the attempted murders of his parents. The prosecutor said Abraham‘s mother has stopped breathing on her own and is on life support. Her husband, Thondemvelil, remains in critical condition.

The public defender told the judge that Abraham is currently unemployed, but worked in the field of computer science.

The prosecutor said that Abraham was given probation last month after being convicted of battering four Lemont police officers in July 2018. He was arrested on a similar charge of aggravated battery to a police officer in September 2018, and is currently out on bond, according to court records.

“Given the seriousness of these charges, you’re not eligible for bond in my view,” the judge said.

Abraham is due back in court April 10 in Bridgeview.

~ Patch editor Lorraine Swanson contributed to this report.

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