REVEALED: Highland Park massacre shooter Robert Crimo, 22, is rapper called 'Awake' with 16,000 listeners on Spotify and $100k net worth

By AdvocateNews on 05/07/2022

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Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, 22, goes by the moniker, Awake the Rapper
Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, 22, goes by the moniker, Awake the Rapper

The man suspected of killing six people and wounding more than a dozen others during a July 4th parade in Highland Park is a Donald Trump-supporting rapper with a seemingly-successful music career. 

Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, 22, goes by the moniker, Awake the Rapper, in his music career. According to his Spotify page, he boasts more than 16,000 listeners per month and has a net worth of $100,000. 

The rap career has taken on a chilling relevance in the wake of the shooting. So far, synagogue teacher Jacki Sundheim, a married mother, and grandfather Nicolas Toledo, 78, have been named as victims.

A total of 26 victims were also injured, 25 of whom suffered gunshot wounds. Six remain in hospital for treatment. The age ranges of the victims sits between eight and 85, with around four or five of those shot believed to be children.  

Sundheim was remembered in a glowing tribute posted by her synagogue, while Toledo's family told of how they were splattered with his blood at the event - which they say he had been reluctant to go to.  

Music videos posted by Crimo online last fall include a drawing of himself shooting people online, and a disturbing clip of himself throwing bullets on the floor of a classroom while wearing armor in what appears to be a joke about school shootings.  

Crimo was arrested after an hours long manhunt that involved local a local and federal authorities. It has now emerged his father Bob Sr, 58, is a local deli owner who once ran for mayor, while his mom Denise Pesina, 48, was once arrested on suspicion of domestic battery.

She appears to have become a Mormon and is also into alternative therapies, according to her Facebook page. 

Crimo has two siblings, including a 27 year-old sister called Lynette Pesina, with the family residing in a comfortable $425,000 home in Highwood, close to the scene of the shooting. 

In 2020, Crimo was pictured attending a Donald Trump rally while dressed as Where's Waldo. Another picture has emerged showing the suspect wrapped in a Donald Trump flag. 

At one of the rallies that Crimo was pictured at in Northbrook, Illinois, the Chicago Tribune described it as 'tense ' but said that there was no arrests made as counter-protesters showed up at the event. The ex-president was not present at that rally.

The suspect's IMDb page describes him as being the middle child of three who grew up in an Italian-American family in Highland Park, Illinois. 

The suspect's ties to the community go back as far as his grandfather, Robert Crimo, who was born in Highland Park in 1929. Robert Crimo died in 2018. 

His obituary names the suspect's parents as Bob Jr. and Denise. Most of the family mentioned in the tribute live in the Highland Park-area. 

The family lives along Pleasant Avenue in Highwood, just north of Highland Park. 

Their home is located across the street from Oak Terrace Elementary School.   

In April 2019, Crimo's father ran for mayor in Highland Park. 

It does not appear that his campaign was backed by a political party. His slogan was a: 'A Person for the People.'

Bob Crimo was defeated by the town's current mayor, Nancy Rotering, a liberal, who ran her campaign partly on a platform about gun control.  

In a pre-election profile, Bob Crimo said that he was the owner of two restaurants in the area, White Hen in Ravinia and Bob's Pantry & Deli in Braeside, Illinois. 

He wrote in the profile: 'I'm running as mayor as a person for the people in our community.'

He continued: 'It's my way of giving back to the community who have been so supportive of me over the years. I live local and I will stay local.' 

In a 2018 feature with the Chicago Tribune, Bob Crimo was pictured with Denise Pesina. 

He describes his restaurant as a 'family-run and family-orientated store.' 

In February 2015, Pesina was arrested in Highland Park on charges of domestic battery while driving, reported at the time. 

Further details on the outcome of that case have not been shared. 

Following his defeat, Bob Crimo wrote on Facebook: 'This has been a great experience. I cannot thank my supporters enough. 

'Although the polls weren’t in my favor, I will continue to do my best to further the improvement of Highland Park for my fellow neighbors. Thank you all so much again.'

While on his Twitter page, Bob Crimo follows one account, an archived account of ex-President Donald Trump's tweets. 

On May 27, the same day that 19 children and two teachers were slaughtered at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Bob Crimo liked a tweet that read: 'Protect the Second Amendment like your life depends on it.' 

The suspect's mother, Denise Pesina, is a healer with a business named Trilogy Energy Systems. 

She regularly posts revealing photos of herself on her Facebook, often while posing with her sphinx cat Sanjay. 

According to the company's mission statement: 'Trilogy Energy Systems is committed to the wellbeing of ALL energy systems. 

'A FULL SPECTRUM HEALING cooperative. One person has the ability to influence innumerous lives.'

 The profile on that page says that Pesina studied at Traditional Chinese Medicine at Shanghai University and at the The Ayurvedic Institute, a NewMexico-based school that teaches the principles and practices of Ayurveda, an alternative medicine teaching.

In one of the suspect's songs, Crimo rapped: 'My actions will be valiant and my thought is unnecessary, I know what I have to do, I know what's in it, not only for me, but for everyone else.  

According to the FBI, Crimo's has tattoos showing four tally marks with a line through them on his right cheek, red roses and green leaves on his neck and cursive script above his left eyebrow that reads: 'Awake.' 

The feds said that Crimo has ties in the communities of Rockford, DeKalb and Elgin in Illinois.    

An IMDb page about the suspect describes him as a 'rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and director from Chicago.'

The most viewed video on the rapper's YouTube channel is the music video for his song: 'On My Mind.' The video, showing a the suspect in a classroom. 

Crimo operated two channels both of which have been deleted for 'violating YouTube's Community Guidelines.'

The track begins as a slow ballad, including the lines: 'You're always on my mind. Cutie with the fat ass, I wanna make you mine. I'm running out of time. Shorty we can skip class, smoke and chill online.'

The song has a sudden change in tempo and shows Crimo reaching into a backpack. The screen goes black and when the music returns it's dubbed with maniacal laughter and, fast paced piano music and a heavy drum beat. 

The video then shows the classroom ransacked with the suspect smiling. 

Crimo is clad in a combat helmet as he falls to the floor clutching his face and dropping bullets to the floor. 

 The bio goes on to say that his music career began when he was 11 when Crimo began uploading music online. 

His music is in the genre of LoFi rap, according to his Spotify page. He has released three albums, the first in 2017 titled 'Messages,' that was followed with 2018's 'Observer' and 2021's self-titled 'Awake the Rapper.' 

This year he released an EP titled: 'Brainwashed.' The tracks included: 'Dead Again' and 'I Am the Storm.' 

Crimo has an average of 16,46 listens per month on Spotify. 

In his most recent tweet from October 2021 on his artist Twitter page, the suspect tweeted: 'I am not a robot.'  

On July 4, a gunman shot and killed six people and wounded 24 more during an independence day parade in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois

The suspect in the shooting has been named as local man Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, 22. 

Crimo was arrested more than eight hours after the shooting following a multi-agency manhunt. He was taken into custody not far from where the shooting took place. 

Dramatic photographs from the scene show the suspected mass-murderer - who posted creepy clips about shooting massacres online - being pinned to the ground face-down by police. 

A total of 26 victims aged between eight and 85 were injured, with six still receiving hospital treatment. The area has a large Jewish community, although police have yet to share a possible motive for Monday's slaughter. has pieced together the key moments from Monday's shootings, based on information so-far shared by investigators.

According to authorities, the violence began approximately 10:15 am local time, around 15 minutes after the parade began. 

Reports say that the gunman climbed an unsecured ladder that was attached to Gearhead Outfitters, an outdoor equipment store formerly known as Uncle Dan's. 

At that point, Crimo opened fire on the crowd, killing six and injuring dozens more in including the elderly and children. It has not been confirmed for how long the shooting went on for.    

Witnesses have now told how they saw children being picked off in the crowd. 

The type of gun used by Crimo in the attack has not been confirmed. Investigators have so far only referred to it as a high-powered rifle.

A witness named Zoe described the scene saying: 'All of a sudden everyone behind us started running. I looked back, probably 20 feet away from me, I saw a girl shot and killed. I saw her die. I've never seen anything like this,' according to CNN

Police say they recovered a 'rifle' at the scene but witnesses described multiple rounds being fired in quick succession which they say could only have come from a semi-automatic. 

'A rifle? No, no. It was an automatic weapon. It was pop, pop, pop - rifles don't do that,' she said. 

Law enforcement who were at the parade responded to the shooting but Crimo quickly fled the scene in a 2010 Honda Fit prompting a multi-agency manhunt.

Crimo lives in a small apartment behind his family home along Pleasant Avenue in Highwood, just north of Highland Park. His uncle, Paul Crimo, told CNN that he saw his nephew at home the night before the shooting. 

It sits just 1.5 miles away from Gearhads, and is around six minutes drive away from the location of the shooting when traffic is light.  

The home is valued at over $400,000. Paul Crimo says that he lives in the home too. When he last saw the suspect, Paul Crimo says: 'Everything was as normal'

He said that the home is owned by the suspect's father, Bob Crimo. The FBI made contact with the family around 2:30 pm. Crimo's father gave investigators permission to search the home.

Paul Crimo went on to tell CNN: 'He’s a quiet kid. He’s usually on his own. He’s a lonely, quiet person. He keeps everything to himself.'

It's not clear at what time he left the home to begin his rampage. 

3. A subsequent manhunt for Crimo ends with his dramatic roadside arrest just before 7:00 pm

Crimo's was arrested hours after the massacre in which six people were killed
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Crimo's was arrested hours after the massacre in which six people were killed

Robert Crimo, shown here, was also a rapper who went by the moniker: 'Awake the Rapper'
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Robert Crimo, shown here, was also a rapper who went by the moniker: 'Awake the Rapper' 

The shooter's uncle Paul Crimo said he was first contacted by the FBI at 2:30 pm local time, reports CNN.  

In an evening news conference around 5pm, law enforcement named Crimo as a suspect in the shooting. 

Crimo was described as being between 18 and 20 with long black hair, white, 'slight build' and wearing a t-shirt. His  car was described and cops gave out his license plate number.

Around 7:00 pm local time, authorities said in a brief news conference that Crimo was in custody, having been arrested around 30 minutes earlier. 

According to Chief Lou Jogmen of the Highland Park Police, Crimo was first spotted by members of a North Chicago police unit. Jogmen said that Crimo fled when officers attempted to pull him over. 

Following a brief chase, Crimo came to a stop and was arrested Lake Forest, Illinois, not far from the where the shooting occurred. (DailyMail)

Posted 05/07/2022 09:06:57 AM


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