Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"MUNDELEIN, IL — Two people are dead and one is injured after an apparent murder-suicide early Wednesday in north suburban 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,` 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 broke 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 placed her hands behind her back and handcuffed her, 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."