The Insider has learned from The Chicago Tribune that an 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the February 2007 slaying of the manager of a Maywood hardware store that had been a mainstay in the western suburb for decades.
Laurence Robinson was arrested this week by Maywood police and is charged with three counts of murder, attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting Jeffrey Lowenthal, 53, of Maywood on Feb. 12. Lowenthal was shot three times at about 5:30 p.m. at Bahcall Hardware in what authorities believe was an armed robbery, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Robinson was offered no bail after appearing before Cook County Circuit Judge James Zafiratos in the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood Friday. Robinson's next court date is Wednesday.
Lowenthal was the manager of the family-owned store, which was founded in 1917 but has since closed. Its last day in business was Dec. 22.
Witnesses said Lowenthal was shot when he ran to the front of the store after hearing his 80-year-old mother, June, cry out when the gunman confronted her at the register.
The store at 1110 St. Charles Rd. was operated by a succession of family members.
Jeffrey Lowenthal, the youngest of three children, including two sisters, grew up in Maywood and moved to Buffalo Grove. He moved back to Maywood about 11 years ago, family members said. He was appointed to the Maywood Fire and Police Commission in 2002 by former Mayor Ralph Conner and was reappointed in 2006 by Mayor Henderson Yarbrough.