Police arrest man suspected in Gilman gas station murder
WATSEKA — A rural Ashkum man on Sunday remained at the Iroquois County Jail on a $1 million bond after being charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a gas station clerk in Gilman.
Andrew M. Condon, 33, of rural Ashkum, was arrested on a warrant Friday by Iroquois County sheriff’s deputies and Gilman police, Sheriff Derek Hagen said.
State’s Attorney Jim Devine has charged Condon with two counts of first-degree murder, Hagen said Sunday. The charges are in connection with the Oct. 27 murder of Jonathan D. Rubin, 27, of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman, Hagen said.
Hagen confirmed Sunday that Condon had also been arrested on Nov. 1, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis (30-500 grams) and production of five or fewer cannabis plants.
That same day, investigators for the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police executed a search warrant at Condon’s residence in rural Ashkum in connection with the murder investigation. They seized several items, Hagen said.
Those items, along with items seized from the crime scene, were delivered to a state police crime lab for analysis, Hagen said.
“A forensic match was determined, which led to the arrest warrant being issued (for murder),” Hagen said.
After his initial arrest on Nov. 1, Condon posted $5,000 cash bond on Nov. 5 to be released from jail, according to court records. Condon was then arrested for murder on the afternoon of Nov. 9.
Condon, who listed an address at 561 E. 2700 West Road in Iroquois County, is due in court for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the drug case. It was not immediately clear when he will make a court appearance in the murder case.
Mr. Rubin was a 2003 graduate of Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley. He was described as an excellent student who was consistently on the school’s honor roll, earned the American Legion Award his senior year and was named co-valedictorian.
The investigation into Mr. Rubin’s murder is ongoing, Hagen said. Hagen said last week that investigators have ruled out robbery as a motive in the murder, but they had not determined what the motive was yet.
On Sunday, Hagen declined to comment on whether police have determined a motive. Hagen also would not say if the murder weapon was recovered, and he would not release any further details.
Hagen said he is not commenting further because Devine has asked him to refer all questions from the media regarding the murder to the state’s attorney’s office. Devine could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Mr. Rubin was found dead early in the morning on Oct. 27 at the Shell gas station in Gilman, where he worked as a clerk. He was found inside a storage room near some coolers around 3:30 a.m. by a truck driver who had come in to use the restroom and buy coffee, Hagen has said.
An autopsy determined that Mr. Rubin died from multiple gunshot wounds.
“The fatal wounds were toward the chest, the torso area,” Coroner Bill Cheatum said. “Most of them were to the torso, hitting most of the major organs.”
Police said they obtained security video footage from inside the store. It was not immediately clear if the security video led to Condon being identified as a suspect.
Court records show that in Ford County, Condon was sentenced to two years of court supervision in 2001 for possession of a controlled substance.
Also in 2003, Condon was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, and he received one year of probation.
Condon’s only other criminal history in Ford or Iroquois counties was a charge of criminal damage to property in 1997. He received one year of court supervision in return for a guilty plea.