The authorities are concerned that the homeless man, who suffered burns covering 65 percent of his body, may not survive the injuries he sustained.
When the claimed incident took place, the police were looking for a man who was suspected of setting a homeless man on fire without any provocation and who was wanted due to allegations that he violated the terms of his release on bail.
Joseph Guardia, 27, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated arson with bodily damage after allegedly lighting Joseph Kromelis, 75, a well-known homeless man known to locals as “The Walking Man,” on fire while he slept close to Chicago’s Trump Tower last week. Kromelis is known to residents as “The Walking Man.” Guardia is accused of doing this.
CWB Chicago reported on Tuesday that Guardia was being sought by police because he had violated the terms of a bond deal that had allowed him to return to the streets even though he had been charged with felony offenses. The bond deal had allowed him to return to the streets even though he had been charged with such offenses.
Guardia was arrested in March of 2020 and charged with burglary as well as identity theft; however, he was later freed on his recognizance after being released from custody. Guardia was charged with another burglary approximately a week after the first one, and although Judge Ramon Ocasio granted him a recognizance bond, he was ordered to be held without release because he had broken the terms of the agreement he had made for the first burglary.