A man charged with strangling a 33-year-old woman in northwest suburban Schaumburg was brought back from Florida and ordered held without Thursday afternoon.
Bulmaro Mejia-Maya, 29, faces charges offirst-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault and home invasion in connection with the strangling death of Tiffany Thrasher, Schaumburg police said Thursday.
Officers went to Thrasher’s apartmentin the 2600 block of Clipper Drive on Sunday, April 16, to check on the woman after she failed to show up at church for Easter services, police said. Her body was found inside.
An autopsy Monday found she died of strangulation and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police believe Thrasher was strangled and sexually assaulted between 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Detectives said they believe Mejia-Maya entered her apartment through a ground floor window, which was left unlocked.
Mejia-Maya waived extradition at a hearing last week in Jacksonville, Florida, police said.
He was brought back by Cook County sheriff’s officers and turned over to Schaumburg police Thursday morning.
In bond court in Rollings Meadows on Thursday afternoon, he was ordered held without bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 18.