Donald Thurman Bio
Donald Thurman is a 26-year-old man from Chicago. He charged in the murder and sexual assault of the University of Illinois at Chicago student Ruth George. Thurman was charged with first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault, police said. His most recent address was near the UIC campus. He has no affiliation with the University or the victim, police said.
Who is Ruth George – Bio
Ruth George was a 19-years-old student at the University of Illinois at Chicago who was found dead in her car in a garage at UIC after being reported missing by her family on Saturday, November 23, 2019. She was found at the Halsted Street Parking Garage near Taylor Street, police said. She was from Naperville, Illinois, and was a sophomore at UIC. She lived in Berwyn, Illinois, police said. The suspect was taken into custody on Sunday, November 24. He was identified on Monday as 26-year-old Donald Thurman.
Memorial set up to honor UIC student Ruth George, murdered at a campus garage over the weekend. A candlelight vigil is planned at 7pm pic.twitter.com/hxIBvRTFO7
— Michelle Gallardo (@GallardoABC7) November 25, 2019
Ruth George Missing
Ruth George was reported missing by her family on Saturday, November 23, at 11 a.m. They told UIC Police that she had not been seen or heard from since the evening of Friday, November 22.
Ruth George Death Cause
George’s cause of death was then ruled as homicide and her manner of death as strangulation. City, state and federal agencies are assisting UIC Police in the investigation.
UIC is a public university on Chicago’s Near West Side adjacent to the Chicago Loop. With 33,000 students, it is the largest university in the Chicago area.
Donald Thurman Crime History
Donald Thurman has a criminal record, according to UIC Police. The offender has a criminal record and was released from prison in December 2018 for armed robbery. He was sentenced to 6 years, but only served two and is currently on parole.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Thurman was accused of snatching an iPhone from a woman’s hands and then fleeing in a stolen car. The incident occurred in 2016. Thurman was scheduled to remain on parole until 2021, according to state records.
Donald Thurman Arrested
Donald Thurman was taken into custody on Sunday, November 24, after UIC Police detectives saw a man matching the suspect’s description near the Blue Line train station at Halsted and Harrison Streets, UIC Police said in a press release.
The offender was taken into custody and subsequently gave a full confession to this horrific crime at approximately 3:20 p.m. on the same day, November 24, Chief Booker said.
Booker said, It has been a difficult weekend for our university and the UIC Police Department, and I want to send my condolences to Ruth George’s family and friends during this challenging time.