Professor and Oxford worker arrested in US over murder

US authorities have arrested a university professor and another man accused in the stabbing death of a Chicago hairstylist after a nationwide manhunt.

Wyndham Lathem, 42, of Northwestern University in Chicago and Andrew Warren, 56, of Oxford University in Britain, were in police custody in Oakland, California.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi announced the development on Twitter, writing: “CPD has gotten word that Prof. Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren are both in police custody in Oakland, CA.”

Mr Warren was arrested in San Francisco while Professor Lathem was arrested in Oakland, US Marshals inspector Ed Farrel told the Chicago Tribune.

The pair had been named as suspects in the murder of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, a 26-year-old hairstylist, who was found dead in a Chicago apartment last week with multiple stab wounds.

Authorities said that Prof Lathem had sent a video message to friends and family members apologising for the crime.

Officials have not disclosed the connection between the two suspects or their relationship with the victim.

Prof Lathem is a medical researcher and associate professor at Northwestern University’s downtown Chicago campus. He has been employed by the university for ten years.

Northwestern said in a statement that he was “placed on administrative leave and banned from entering the Northwestern University campuses”.

On a university web page that has since been deleted, Mr Warren was listed as a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College.

Oxford University had urged Mr Warren to hand himself in and a spokesman said his colleagues were “shocked” to have heard of the case.

The men will appear in court in Oakland before being returned to Chicago where they will be interrogated by detectives, a police spokesman said.