SYCAMORE – Police are searching for two men, one of whom might have been armed with a handgun, in connection with an incident where a woman was found dead in her car at the Illinois Department of Human Services building, 1629 Afton Road.
According to a news release from Sycamore Police officers responded just after 2 p.m. to the building. Police radio traffic described the incident as a homicide. Police had not identified the victim Friday evening.
An email police sent at 3:15 p.m. to employees at Superior Industrial Equipment, next door at 1609 Afton Road, said the two suspects police are seeking are Antonio Juarez, 44, and Antonio Dias, who the email said is in his 40s.
Police are also looking for a black Chrysler and a maroon Ford F-150 pickup, the email said. It also told staff to leave the premises by 4 p.m.
Juarez might be carrying a handgun, in connection with the crime, according to reports heard on the scanner.
The release says police do not think the community is in any danger. It says that when Sycamore officers began their investigation, the DeKalb County Major Case Squad was activated.
Two Sycamore residents voiced concerns Friday night downtown that crime seems to be increasing.
Tracy Rogers-Tryba, said she saw her chiropractor in the neighborhood of the crime earlier Friday, and she was shocked when she got a text alert telling her the news.
“I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” she said.
She said it was jarring, especially less than a year after the double-homicide of Sycamore residents Patricia Wilson, 85, and her son, Robert, 64.
“It seems like our quiet little area is becoming more urbanized,” Rogers-Tryba said.
Bert Fredrick echoed that sentiment.
“It seems like it’s happening a little more than it used to, and 25 to 30 years ago it seemed more uncommon,” he said.
DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski called it a "horrible situation."
"My biggest thing is that we obviously need to catch the individuals who did this and bring them to justice," he said.
Pietrowski lives in Cortland, but works in Sycamore. He said he's heard from concerned citizens, and that Friday night's youth baseball and softball games were called off.
“I know our officers are on top of it, and I don’t want to impede what they’re doing,” Pietrowski said. “Anything in this world, you see what happened – at a concert or anywhere, terrible things can happen. We all need to look out for one another and be aware of our surroundings.
“And if we see anything of suspicion, we need to notify the proper authorities."
Assisting in the investigation are the DeKalb Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff's and Coroner's offices.
DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said an autopsy will be done Monday. He said he's out of town, but currently has three deputies working the case.
This is a developing story. Check back at Daily-Chronicle.com for updates.