Original post: From the Racine Police Department:
Deceased: Nicholas J. Heiligenthal Male / White 06-30-87
On Friday, April 4, 2008 at approximately 2:56 p.m. Heiligenthal was carried into the emergency room of Racine's Wheaton Franciscan Hospital (St. Mary's) by some of his friends. Heiligenthal was unconscious and possibly suffering from some blunt trauma injuries to the head. Heiligenthal was transferred by Flight for Life to St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee to the Neural Intensive Care Unit.
St. Luke's Hospital officials notified the Racine Police Department that Heiligenthal died at approximately 10:45 p.m. on April 4, 2008.
Racine Police Investigators determined that a physical altercation had occurred inside of an apartment in the 2700 block of Mt. Pleasant St. in Racine. Heiligenthal was struck in the head by a 19 year old acquaintance during an argument.
Investigators drafted and served a search warrant to inspect the crime scene in the apartment on Mt. Pleasant Street.
The 19 year old suspect was contacted via telephone and convinced to turn himself in. The suspect was picked up and interviewed by Racine Police Department Investigators. The 19 year old suspect is currently being held in the Racine County Jail on a Probation Violation. The suspect was on probation for an assault conviction in April 2007.
It is anticipated that Investigators will charge the suspect in connection with this homicide upon completion of the investigation.