Parents of Highland Park suspect are no strangers to law enforcement, often called cops on each other

The parents of the suspected murderer responsible for killing at least seven and wounding dozens more at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade have denied any responsibility for the alleged actions of their son along with any claims of the household being abusive.

However, 51 pages of incident reports filed by the Highland Park police depict a less than ideal upbringing in a home tainted with alcohol and violence.

Bob Crimo Jr. and Denise Pesina seem to wish to be portrayed as another pair of innocent bystanders taken aback by the sudden act of horrific violence said to have been committed by their son. After it became known to the public that the suspect had only obtained his initial Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, required to purchase a gun in the state of Illinois, with a consent form from his father, Crimo was reported as having no regret “because he was following the law” and “his son was raised with good morals.”

Illinois police records obtained by Fox News cast serious doubts on the claimed positive influence the parents had on the suspect with incident reports detailing an attack with a screwdriver, multiple instances of seemingly recriminatory accusations of drunk driving, child endangerment, and repeated citations for selling tobacco and alcohol to minors.

Pesina had pleaded guilty to child endangerment after leaving the then-2-year-old suspect in a hot car for 27 minutes in 2002 while she shopped in a toy store. According to the police report, temperatures reached 79 degrees that day. She was also accused of hitting her husband with a shoe while drunk in August 2010 and then in another incident that same year, Pesina was reported as having scratched Crimo’s arm after she “hit him with a screwdriver” following a “few minutes of her trash talking.”

He left the screwdriver out of the written statement but detailed how she had “clotheslined” his belongings off his dresser and removed the lock to the bedroom door. Pesina had stated at the time of the incident that her husband had come home “very irate” and was “making mean statements to me like always” and that she was “tired of being called names and not having a place to sleep of [her] own in eight years. He sleeps in the bed only,” she claimed.

Within the numerous pages of incidents, details were provided for at least nine police responses to the Crimo residence between 2010 and 2014 for domestic violence incidents. Though neither was ever charged for the altercations, Crimo was arrested at least once on Dec. 29, 2010.

Additionally, he was cited on multiple occasions for selling tobacco and alcohol to minors at his now-closed deli, Bob’s Pantry.

Fox News Digital spoke with Jeremy Cahnmann, a one-time coach of the suspect in charge of the afterschool sports program at Lincoln Elementary School who said, “I remember the parents more than him because they were kind of a problem. There wasn’t a lot of love in that family.”

Other incident reports detail Pesina being pursued by a suitor whom both called the police on for a personal reason. Crimo had accused his wife of driving to pick up their daughter while drunk in 2011 and she reported him to authorities in 2013 saying he had driven to work drunk.


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