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Arrest Warrants Issued For Northwestern Professor, Oxford Employee In Fatal Stabbing

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Arrest warrants have been issued for a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee wanted in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old man in a River North apartment last week.

Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, of Pilsen, was found dead on July 27 inside the professor's apartment in the 500 block of North State Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy ruled his death a homicide from multiple sharp force injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren
Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren (right) are wanted on first-degree murder warrants in the stabbing death of Trenton H. James Cornell-Duranleau (Photo credit: Northwestern University/University of Oxford)

Arrest warrants have been issued for 42-year-old Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern; and 56-year-old Andrew Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, a part of the University of Oxford in Great Britain. The warrants charge both men with murder, and allege both men stabbed Cornell-Duranleau multiple times.

Chicago police confirmed they have notified federal law enforcement of the arrest warrants.

Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage said Lathem has been placed on administrative leave and banned from entering Northwestern campuses.

"There is no indication of any risk to the Northwestern community from this individual at this time," Cubbage said in an email. "This is now a criminal matter under investigation by the appropriate authorities, and Northwestern University is cooperating in that investigation."

Management at Lathem's building sent a letter to other residents, assuring them they don't need to worry about security. The same letter suggests the murder could have been a domestic incident. Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau are listed as Friends on Facebook.

According to an alert broadcast to officers on police radios, Warren and Lathem are considered armed and dangerous, and police are urged to "use extreme caution" if they are located. According to police, the two were last seen driving a rented gray 2017 Hyundai sedan.

Investigators said the two suspects' passports have been flagged. They don't believe the men are still in Illinois.

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