ICE takes Gurnee fugitive into custody
By Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org March 13, 2013 7:18PM
Updated: April 15, 2013 11:28AM
A 43-year-old former Gurnee woman who beat charges she stabbed her husband to death in a Highwood restaurant and then skipped bail after being accused of a brutal armed robbery and home invasion in Park City over 14 years ago is being held on $1 million bond by immigration officials in Chicago.
Sandra Lopez of the 2000 Block of Woodhavens Drive, Bloomington, was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officials on a 1999 felony arrest warrant for robbery and home invasion. She was handed over to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and is scheduled to appear in Lake County Circuit Court today, March 14.
“It’s pretty old and pretty significant that we were able to bring her in,” said Sgt. Sara Balmes of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. She did not know if it was the oldest warrant they have ever been able to serve. Recently, deputies served one from 2000.
Lopez has been hiding out since being charged with armed robbery and home invasion with another woman for allegedly committing a home invasion in Park City on April 5, 1999.
Lizeth Dominguez, 23, at the time and Lopez, 29, of Gurnee allegedly conned their way into a mobile home in the 3500 block of Howard Street by telling the residents they were lead inspectors. They threatened the residents with knives, bound them with duct tape and took $2,000 worth of jewelry.
In October 1999, Dominguez was sentenced to six months in jail by Lake County Circuit Court Associate Judge George Bridges for the armed robbery and home invasion. She also had 30 months probation and was ordered to pay $151.64 restitution for the medical bill of a victim, and a portion of the yet-to-be-determined amount for stolen jewelry.
Authorities obtained a $1 million warrant for Lopez’s arrest.
She was already notorious after she was charged with stabbing her husband to death in September 1995.
On Sept. 28, 2001, her defense attorney in the murder trial, who argued Lopez stabbed her husband in self-defense, was disbarred for allegedly helping her flee to El Salvador.
James A. Borrasso, 42, formerly of Gurnee, was believed to be with Lopez in El Salvador, which has no extradition treaty with the United States. He was not facing criminal charges.
In March 1996, Lopez went on trial for the slaying of her husband, Isaac, 44, on Sept. 15 at his Highwood restaurant, Mexico Lindo. Prosecutors said she changed her story to police several times.
Lopez testified she left the restaurant, 830 N. Sheridan Road, around 10 p.m. to take her 3-year-old daughter to their North Chicago home and her husband was supposed to meet her.
But he didn’t show up and she said she drove by the restaurant and didn’t see him said. Police said he died of stab wounds between 10:30 and 11 p.m. that night. Police became suspicious when her story changed and she also changed the story as to how her hands got cut, first by washing a glass, then from pulling weeds and washing a glass, then she said she got the cuts when a glass broke.
The officers also looked at her feet and thought there was dried blood around her toenails and they found bloody tissue and shower cap at her home.