Two dead, one hurt in Mundelein apparent murder-suicide
BY JOHN ROSZKOWKSI AND DAN ROZEK Sun-Times Media January 11, 2012 8:18AM
Mundelein police are investigating Wednesday after at least one person was found dead in a residential area of the northern suburb. | Courtesy NBC5
Updated: January 12, 2012 2:49PM
Two people are dead and one is injured after an apparent murder-suicide early Wednesday in Mundelein.
Alina S. Rybinkova, 22, was found dead about 1:30 a.m. in a garage at 1397 Newport Street, and 44-year-old Gennadiy Plaksa of Palatine was found dead in his car about 300 feet away. Plaksa died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Rybinkova was found in her garage after a woman called 911 at 1:37 a.m., police said.
“It’s still an ongoing investigation right now,” Mundelein Deputy Police Chief John Monahan said. “By no means is the investigation complete. There are still some other facts we need to follow up on.”
Monahan said Plaksa apparently had a previous relationship with Rybinkova’s mother, which the mother had ended. He said the mother had been staying with her daughter.
Police believe that sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday Plaksa had broken into the home. Rybnikova arrived home a short time later and was confronted by Plaksa, who beat her — apparently with a baseball bat found in the home — and stabbed her repeatedly in the abdomen, Monahan said
Later that evening, the victim’s 45-year-old mother arrived home from dinner and was badly beaten by Plaska, who knocked her to the ground, put duct tape on her mouth and handcuffed her hands behind her back, Monahan said. After talking with Plaksa, the woman was able to persuade him to release her from her restraints, he said. The woman then called her daughter’s roommate and asked her to come home.
When the roommate arrived about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Plaksa and the woman’s mother were standing near the front door, and as she started to pull into the driveway Plaksa began walking down the street away from the home. The roommate and mother then opened the garage and discovered the body of Rybinkova inside and called 911.
Until then, the mother did not know her daughter was lying dead in the garage, Monahan said.
“She’s distraught over the loss of her daughter,” he said.
The Lake County coroner’s office said an autopsy showed Rybnikova died from multiple stab wounds to her chest and torso, two of which punctured her heart, killing her. The autopsy also showed she suffered blunt force trauma to the back of her head and numerous defensive wounds to both of her hands.
An autopsy on Plaksa showed he died from a self-inflicted gunshot would, the coroner’s office said.
There are no police reports of any domestic disturbances between Plaksa and his former girlfriend in Mundelein prior to the attack, Monahan said.
In fact, Plaksa previously had visited the townhouse in December to urge his former girlfriend to reconcile with him, but she refused, and the meeting ended peacefully with Plaksa leaving, Monahan said.
“He had tried to speak with her and regain a relationship, but she had no interest in that,” Monahan said.
Neighbors were shocked when they learned of the news.
“It saddened me the whole morning. It’s an eerie feeling,” said Lorri Estell, who lives in a townhouse across the street in the 1300 block of Newport Street, a residential area of townhomes and duplexes on Mundelein’s south side.
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is assisting in the investigation.