Highland Park gunman faced life on the streets as his home is set for foreclosure before year’s end


EXCLUSIVE: Highland Park shooter was facing life on the streets as his home was set for foreclosure. Neighbor says she fears her refusal to date him could have sparked his deadly rampage

  • The Crimo family home, where alleged Highland Park shooter Bobby Crimo lived has been placed in preforeclosure
  • Mortgage company Newrez claim Crimo’s father, a former mayoral candidate, owes nearly $200,000
  • If it goes into foreclosure, the Crimo family could be on the streets before the end of the year
  • A 21-year-old former co-worker told DailyMail.com that she is blaming herself as she shutdown their friendship after he showed a romantic interest in her
  • ‘We didn’t date, but he did like me,’ the woman said. ‘I told him no, but we can be friends’
  •  But instead she admits she ‘kinda stopped talking to him,’ and deleted his messages
  • ‘If I’d been more social with him, maybe this would not have happened,’ the young woman said as she fought back tears

Highland Park shooter Bobby Crimo was about to be thrown out of the apartment where he lived behind his father’s home, DailyMail.com can reveal exclusively.

And the man who caused terror at a July 4 parade was spurned by a neighbor who he desperately wanted to date. 

The 21-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, is now blaming herself for possibly being the spark that ignited Crimo’s murderous rampage.

‘I’m blaming myself,’ she told DailyMail.com.

‘We didn’t date, but he did like me, he did have interest in me,’ she added. ‘But my parents are strict and I don’t date. So I told him no, but we can be friends.’

The young woman lives close to the Crimos’ family home in Highwood that a mortgage company has applied to be placed in foreclosure claiming it is owed nearly $200,000.

And if it is, Crimo’s family could be on the streets before the end of the year.

Public records show the home had been in the Crimo family for decades. The alleged mass murderer’s grandfather Robert Crimo Sr. originally lived there before he died in 2018.

His son Robert Crimo Jr. – who has owned delis in the Highland Park area and ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019 – then took over the house.

But in April the mortgage company Newrez filed for preforeclosure, claiming it was owed $197,939 on the 30-year mortgage. The house is now valued at around $425,000.

The Crimo family home in Highwood, Illinois, was placed in preforeclosure in April. Alleged parade shooter Bobby Crimo lived in the apartment to the rear right of the main house

The Crimo family home in Highwood, Illinois, was placed in preforeclosure in April. Alleged parade shooter Bobby Crimo lived in the apartment to the rear right of the main house

Crimo is a hiphop artist who went by the name Awake the Rapper. He now faces seven life sentences without possibility of parole following Monday's Highland Park shooting

Crimo is a hiphop artist who went by the name Awake the Rapper. He now faces seven life sentences without possibility of parole following Monday’s Highland Park shooting

Crimo, a Trump follower, was obsessed with the number 47. If elected in 2024, Trump would become the 47th president. He is pictured at a Trump rally in suburban Chicago

Crimo, a Trump follower, was obsessed with the number 47. If elected in 2024, Trump would become the 47th president. He is pictured at a Trump rally in suburban Chicago

The Crimo family home is listed as being in preforeclosure on the website of the Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service

Under Illinois law a homeowner cannot be thrown out of their house for at least seven months, meaning the earliest the Crimo family could have lost their home would be a few days before Thanksgiving.

The family home, built in 1930, has seen better days. Its white stucco facade is fading and the asphalt drive is in need of work.

Crimo, 21, lived in an apartment behind his father’s home.

The alleged shooter had a fascination with the number 47. He had it a tattoo of the number on his face and his car was festooned with it. It could be relevant to the date of the shooting, the fourth day of the seventh month.

He was also known to be a follower of Donald Trump who would become the 47th president if he were to be successful in the 2024 election. 

Crimo, a hip hop artist who went under the name Awake the Rapper, is being held after being charged with seven counts of first degree murder, each of which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.

Crimo's father Robert Crimo Jr, – known as Bob – unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019. Now his home is in danger of being placed in foreclosure

Crimo's father Robert Crimo Jr, – known as Bob – unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019. Now his home is in danger of being placed in foreclosure

Crimo’s father Robert Crimo Jr, – known as Bob – unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019. Now his home is in danger of being placed in foreclosure

Highland Park shooter Bobby Crimo (right) with his mom Denise (in red), half-sister Lynette and younger brother Sam in a 2017 photo

Highland Park shooter Bobby Crimo (right) with his mom Denise (in red), half-sister Lynette and younger brother Sam in a 2017 photo

The Wanted poster issued by the FBI on Monday before Crimo was apprehended in Lake Forest, Illinois, while driving his mother's silver Honda Fit

The Wanted poster issued by the FBI on Monday before Crimo was apprehended in Lake Forest, Illinois, while driving his mother’s silver Honda Fit

Crimo's car, which is parked outside his father's home, had the number 47 on its side. The alleged gunman was obsessed with the number and had it tattooed on his face

Crimo’s car, which is parked outside his father’s home, had the number 47 on its side. The alleged gunman was obsessed with the number and had it tattooed on his face

He allegedly shot seven people dead and injured some two dozen others when he shot 70 rounds into the parade after climbing on a rooftop of a store. 

He escaped by dressing as a woman and mingling with the crowd, but was apprehended Monday evening in Lake Forest while driving his mother’s silver Honda Fit.

Police at first said that Crimo was not known to them but on Tuesday, they revealed he was interviewed twice by authorities.

The first was in April 2019 a week after he threatened to kill himself. The second was in September 2019, after he threatened to ‘kill everyone’ in his family.

Police recovered 16 knives, a dagger and sword from his home but he was not arrested.

Instead, he was able to turn 21 and buy two assault rifles in Illinois, along with three other types of gun. It remains unclear why the two previous incidents were not flagged when he legally purchased the weapons.

Crimo’s descent could have started when his near neighbor rejected him when they both worked at Panera Bread before it was closed temporarily due to the Covid pandemic.

She said he told her that he wanted to open a sandwich shop with his father Bob.

‘Then he said, no I want to stay at Panera if you are working there. I want to stay with you.

‘I was like, don’t do that. I wasn’t even sure if I liked him like that. I said don’t do that, we’re only friends. I’m sorry if I was too nice to you. You picked it up wrong.

’I kind of just stopped talking to him then. I didn’t block him, but I did delete his messages.’

The woman – who has talked to police and the FBI – paused to fight back tears as she added: ‘I feel like if I’d kept talking to him, if I’d been more social with him, maybe this would not have happened. Maybe he didn’t have a reason to snap.

A former coach of Crimo’s said the alleged killer stood out to him as he and his younger brother were often left behind at their afterschool program because their ‘flighty’ mom forgot to pick them up or their dad was at work.

Crimo and the woman had first met in their freshman year at Highland Park High School.  

She said she saw the alleged killer about a year ago in the street and they were friendly with each other, but she wanted to remain at a distance.

Crimo tried to date a near neighbor when they worked at Panera. The 21-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified is now blaming herself for possibly igniting Crimo's rampage

Crimo tried to date a near neighbor when they worked at Panera. The 21-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified is now blaming herself for possibly igniting Crimo’s rampage

Police leave the Crimo family home in Highwood, Illinois, on Tuesday the day after the 21-year-old allegedly killed seven people at a July 4 parade

Police leave the Crimo family home in Highwood, Illinois, on Tuesday the day after the 21-year-old allegedly killed seven people at a July 4 parade 

The shooter as a child. Bobby Crimo is pictured with his older half-sister Lynette in a family Instagram posting

The shooter as a child. Bobby Crimo is pictured with his older half-sister Lynette in a family Instagram posting

‘Bobby was always kind and gentle,’ she said. ‘I saw no signs at all that he could be involved in a tragedy like this. He was quiet, but I’m also quiet.

‘If he talked to anyone, it was me.

‘When I saw what happened, I didn’t want it to be him. It’s not the Bobby I knew. He’s not violent. He was never violent to me, we never talked about guns. We talked about music.’ 

The woman also said that Crimo had once told her that he wanted to join the CIA.   

‘We were talking about what we wanted to do with our lives. He always wanted to be a rapper, but then one conversation he told him he wanted to join the CIA and be a spy.

‘He seemed serious. But didn’t provide any more information. Then our conversation got back to music and other things. It was strange.’

The new details about Crimo’s life begin to round out a picture of the man. 

 As DailyMail.com reported, his parents often seemed distracted and often forgot about him and his younger brother Sam, leaving them at an afterschool program at Lincoln Elementary School.

Jeremy Cahnmann, 47, a sports coach in the program told DailyMail.com how out of hundreds of kids he taught over the years, the Crimo brothers stood out because their parents often left them behind. 

He said it ‘of course’ did not explain why he committed such violence on Monday, but that the constant occurrences likely made him feel neglected as a child. 

It’s unclear when the shooter’s parents separated but they no longer live together; Crimo’s father, Bob, is a local deli owner and one-time mayoral candidate.

His mother Denise Pesina is an ‘alternative healer’. 

Cahnmann remembers the father often being tied up at work or forgetting to make arrangements for Bobby and his younger brother. 

Bobby Crimo, 21, (right) with his little brother Sam (left). The pair attended Lincoln Elementary School and between 2008 and 2014, they attended the LEAP afterschool program. They were routinely the last kids to be picked up, according to coaches who taught them

Bobby Crimo, 21, (right) with his little brother Sam (left). The pair attended Lincoln Elementary School and between 2008 and 2014, they attended the LEAP afterschool program. They were routinely the last kids to be picked up, according to coaches who taught them

Sam, Lynette and Bobby. Staff said Bobby and Sam were 'quiet and reserved' at afterschool sports programs

Sam, Lynette and Bobby. Staff said Bobby and Sam were ‘quiet and reserved’ at afterschool sports programs 

‘Bobby and his brother were always the last ones. Either somebody forgot or they were busy. 

‘The father had a business, a deli. He was routinely late or the mom was routinely late. It ended up getting to the point where they had words with the faculty advisor. 

‘Nobody could get a hold of anyone in that house,’ he said. 

He added that Bobby and his younger brother seemed to get along and never caused any problems in the program, but that they were ‘quiet’.   

‘He was a little more reserved and shy but certainly there was no sort of indication of anything sinister. 

‘The problem was more with the parents than the kids,’ he said. 

Crimo’s parents have not yet commented on the Independence Day horrors. 

He dressed up as a woman to carry out the attack then used his disguise to hide in plain sight among frightened paradegoers as they tried to flee. 

Crimo then went to his mom’s house and borrowed her car. 

Police on Tuesday said they had no indication that she knew he was the shooter when she agreed to let him take the vehicle.

The shooter's father Bob Crimo was 'hardworking' and 'nice enough' but always late, according to the coaches

His mother Denise Pesina lent her son her car after the massacre

The shooter’s parents. Bob Crimo was ‘hardworking’ and ‘nice enough’ but always late, according to Bobby’s coaches. His mother Denise Pesina lent her son her car after the massacre

He then drove out of Highland Park and managed to evade police for eight hours before being apprehended. 

Now, he is in the custody of the FBI. 

Canhmann said he remembered Bob Crimo as a hardworking father who was ‘nice enough’ but who irritated staff by not being there to pick up his kids on time. 

‘What I remember of him he was a hardworking guy, he was nice enough but you know, it was problematic that he wasn’t there or he didn’t make arrangements.’ 

The two brothers have an older half-sister, Lynette 

LEAP afterschool coach Jeremy Cahnmann, 47,

LEAP afterschool coach Jeremy Cahnmann, 47,

‘When I first heard it was him, it was like “holy f**k. I know that kid”. 

‘Then the first thing I did was reach out to someone I’m friendly with. I said “was the father the one that ran Bob’s Deli and they were the ones that always were late. 

‘I did these programs for 8 years and had hundreds of kids. There are probably about half a dozen I remember and most for good reason. This one, the reason that he stuck out was not because of him but the parents. I thought that it was an interesting thing.’ 

The FBI is trying to identify the shooter’s motive but they have not yet been able to pin one down.

Little is known about Crimo’s high school career, whether or not he graduated, and what he spent the last few years doing aside from making amateur rap videos. 

One such video was inside a school classroom and glamorized shooting.

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