The Chicago Police Department has come under fire for releasing a man who hurled slurs and stabbed a gay man to death because he claimed it was self-defense despite the fact that witnesses claim otherwise.
Kenneth Paterimos, a 23-year-old barista, was stabbed to death with a box-cutter following an altercation last Friday night at Richard’s Bar on the city’s west side.
“I don’t believe for one second this guy [thought he] was ever in danger,” Paterimos’ brother, Santiago “Julian” Bueno, told BlockClubChicago.org.
Bueno, a professional MMA fighter who was with Paterimos at Richard’s Bar, tackled the intoxicated suspect and held him down when he tried to flee after stabbing the victim eight times in the head, chest, arm, collarbone and ear.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Paterimos’ death a homicide, and police recovered the murder weapon.
Paterimos’ killer was hospitalized after suffering extensive injuries, but Bueno said they occurred when he pinned the man down and beat him while waiting for police. Bueno said the suspect, a 220-pound military veteran, also tried to stab him.
Kenneth Paterimos weighed only 125 pounds.
Chicago police said the 30-year-old suspect was released from custody after he claimed he stabbed Paterimos in self-defense.
“This is not a declination of charges. This is not any type of movement towards that end,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. “Our investigation continues.”