Suspect in custody in slaying of surgeon

August 09, 1993|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Staff Writer

Illinois police said they had a suspect in custody yesterday in the slaying of a suburban Chicago plastic surgeon Friday.

Wilmette, Ill., Police Chief George Carpenter would not give the name of the suspect -- who was seen driving a Maryland-registered car -- or answer reporters' questions, but confirmed that a suspect was being held.

Chief Carpenter said the suspect was stopped by a Skokie, Ill., police officer late Saturday. He was driving a 1968 powder blue pTC Volkswagen Beetle with Maryland license plate number ZSS499 -- the same vehicle described by witnesses as leaving the vicinity of the crime Friday afternoon.

The owner of the car, according to Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration records, is a 34-year-old Rockville man.

Neighbors of the car owner said yesterday that he had moved from his home on Ivy League Lane about a month ago.

The victim was Dr. Martin R. Sullivan, a North Shore plastic surgeon who also was the head of cosmetic surgery at Evanston Hospital.

Dr. Sullivan, 68, was shot four times in the chest by a small-caliber handgun by someone who had made a 2:45 p.m. Friday appointment using the name John Rothman. The suspect -- described as a thin, balding white man in his 50s wearing glasses and a blue suit -- was shown into the examining room, where he was joined by Dr. Sullivan minutes later.

The staff then heard gunshots and saw the man run from the office. Dr. Sullivan was pronounced dead on arrival at Evanston Hospital.

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