Case Number: 5545

Wangielnik, Joseph - Age 30 - Fatally assauled 1/15/19 on north side of 48th St. between Wood and Honore Sts., by three unknown men who robbed him. On 2/5 Frank Kuchaja was held by the Coroner who also recommended arrest of Ges. Mehres and Vaclav Rakitis. 14 Pct. Feb. 1919 No Bill on Kuchaja.


Date of Offense January 15, 1919
Date of Death January 15, 1919
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 48th st. between Wood and Honore sts.
Type of Location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of Public Place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location Description north side
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Other murder, felony murder
Characteristics assaulted
Method of Killing Other beating
Weapon fatally assaulted
Victim Initiated Events Leading to Homicide No
Description Robbery
Total Number of Victims 1
Location north side
Related to Organized Crime


Name Wangielnik, Joseph
Age 30 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european


Name Kuchaja, Frank
Gender Male
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White


Precinct 3
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision February 5, 1919
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict and grand jury
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Grand Jury Decision February 15, 1919
Felony Murder Classification Robbery
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment for felony murder