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'Violent Confrontation' Over Noise Complaint Near Lake Michigan Beach Leads To Two Murder Charges

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Nicholas Caban and Jacob Firestone. Courtesy Lake County, IL Sheriff's Office.

Mar. 18 2023, Published 10:30 a.m. ET

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Late-night loudness along a lakeshore led to the death of a man at a forest preserve north of Chicago, authorities say. Now two young men are charged with second-degree murder.

Nicholas Caban, 20, and Jacob Firestone, 19, were scheduled to appear in court Friday in Lake County, Illinois.

They're charged with killing Matthew Ascaridis, 45, near his home at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Highland Park Sept. 17, 2022.

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Authorities say Ascaridis approached Caban and Firestone about being too loud on the beach at 1 a.m. A “violent confrontation” reportedly followed.

WLS-TV reports Caban was injured in the melee and wound up in a hospital.

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The Lake County Daily Herald reports Ascaridis's body was found along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It may have been dumped in the lake and washed ashore.

Detectives searched Cabal's home, according to WGN-TV, and found a semi-automatic pistol with no serial number. But authorities do not believe the weapon was used to kill Ascaridis.

Firestone at first was charged with two counts of obstructing justice. Authorities accused him of trying to conceal evidence of the fight.

The two suspects have been free on cash bond, but Friday's hearing on the added murder charges could change that.

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