Schaumburg police have arrested a 23-year-old Chicago man in connection with the murder of a Portland, Oregon, woman who was found dead Friday morning in a long-stay hotel.
The woman, identified as 28-year-old Susan J. Toby, died as a result of blunt force trauma, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled the death was homicide.
Police say they are continuing to investigate and have yet to name the suspect, who was arrested without incident on Sunday while executing an arrest warrant at a Chicago residence.
Schaumburg Police Chief Bill Wolf said his department is working with the Cook County District Attorney’s Office on charges.
According to police, officers and paramedics discovered Toby’s body in Extended Stay America, 1200 E. American Lane, at 11:33 a.m. Friday while answering a 911 call about an unresponsive person.
Wolf said it did not appear that anyone else in the hotel was in danger.
The murder comes just months after Schaumburg officials approved new regulations to increase safety at 30 hotels.
At the time, police said they have seen an increase in thefts, car break-ins, assaults, batteries, household disputes, juvenile harassment and noise complaints in hotels over the past three years.
Wolf said that extended-stay hotels have seen a particular rise in domestic violence calls, as it has become more common for people to use them as primary accommodations.
The new regulations addressed parking lighting, security, video surveillance and enforcement of curfews for events in common areas. It also included restrictions on room occupancy, keeping of registration records, restricting or monitoring access at entrances between 9am and 6pm, and limiting stays to 28 days, excluding corporate contracts and emergencies.
Membership in the Police Department’s Safe Hotel Program has also become mandatory. The program started about five years ago, and it provides an open line of communication between the police department and the hotels.
Wolf said Extended Stay America was cooperating with the ongoing investigation.