Donald Thurman Bio – Donald Thurman Wiki
Donald Thurman is a 26-year-old Chicago man charged in the murder and sexual assault of University of Illinois at Chicago student Ruth George.
According to the UIC Police Department, Donald D. Thurman was formally charged on November 25, 2019 with first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault for the killing of UIC student Ruth George. She was found dead on Saturday, November 23. The medical examiner ruled George’s death a homicide by strangulation.
Thurman’s most recent address was near the UIC campus. He has no affiliation with the University or the victim. He has a criminal record and was released from prison in December 2018 for armed robbery. He was sentenced to 6 years, but only served two and is currently on parole.
Investigation timeline according to UIC Police:
On Nov. 23 at 11 a.m., Ms. George’s family reported to the UIC Police that she had not been heard from since the evening of Nov. 22. Her phone was “pinged” to the Halsted Street Parking Garage and UIC Police and family members responded to find Ms. George unresponsive in the back seat of a vehicle owned by her family.
UIC Police then requested assistance from the FBI Evidence Response Team to assist in the processing of the crime scene and to complete forensics on the vehicle.
UIC Police retrieved video footage from existing University cameras of the offender who was seen walking behind Ms. George as she walked south from the 700 block of Halsted St. at 1:34 a.m. on Nov. 23. Ms. George entered the garage on foot at approximately 1:35 a.m., followed by the offender. The offender is seen again on video footage at 2:10 a.m. walking southbound on Halsted Street on the west side of the street.
UIC Police then reviewed video footage from the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago POD cameras and our own internal system to determine travel patterns for the offender.
Based on these observations, UIC Police detectives decided to watch the Blue line station during the hours that the offender had previously traveled on the Blue line.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2:00 a.m., UIC detectives observed a person matching the description of the offender near the Blue line train station at Halsted and Harrison streets. The offender was taken into custody and subsequently gave a full confession to this horrific crime at approximately 3:20 p.m. on the same day, Nov. 24.
Donald Thurman Age
He is 26 years old.