2 Charged With 1st Degree Murder, Arson in 2017 East Dundee House Fire Case

2 Charged With 1st Degree Murder, Arson in 2017 East Dundee House Fire Case

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday, Aug. 24, 2020) announced that murder charges have been filed in a gruesome 2017 case in which a man was found shot and burned in a rural East Dundee home destroyed by fire.

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According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, Kane County sheriff’s deputies and East Dundee Fire Department personnel responded at around 3:30 a.m. on June 7, 2017, to a report of a house fire in the 15N300 block of Richardson Drive.

Fire Department personnel notified sheriff’s deputies that they located a deceased person, later identified as Vesel Vejseli, 36, inside the residence.

The Kane County Coroner’s Office X-rayed Vejseli’s body and discovered he had been shot multiple times.

That discovery prompted a lengthy homicide investigation led by Kane County Sheriff’s  Office detectives and assisted by the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, Elgin Police Department, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Kane County Coroner’s Office.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon authorized the following charges against two men in connection with the homicide.

Mahmood Roohani, 30, of West Chicago:

  • three counts of first degree murder, a Class X felony.
  • one count of aggravated arson, a Class X felony.
  • one count of concealment of a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony.

Miguel Cruz-Tinajero, 34, of Carpentersville:

  • Three counts of first degree murder, a Class X felony.
  • One count of aggravated arson, a Class X felony.
  • One count of concealment of a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony.

The charges against Roohani and Cruz-Tinajero are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.