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Robbins man charged in beating death of Oak Lawn man

Harlandez Meals / phofrom Cook County Sheriff's police

Harlandez Meals / photo from Cook County Sheriff's police

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Updated: June 3, 2013 3:25PM



Bail was set Wednesday at $1 million for a Robbins man who allegedly beat an Oak Lawn man outside a Robbins liquor store in 2010. The Oak Lawn man, Scott Soderlund, died from his injuries in 2011.

Harlandez Meals, 27, of the 4100 block of West Lincoln Lane, was charged with first-degree murder, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Soderlund was outside Pop’s Food & Liquor store in the 3400 block of West 135th Street in Robbins when Meals approached about 9 p.m. July 22, 2010, and an argument ensued, police said.

Then-Robbins police Chief Johnny Holmes said at the time that the men agreed to pool their money, allegedly so they could buy beer and drugs. Soderlund bought beer and the argument ensued when he came out.

Meals punched Soderlund in the face numerous times before Soderlund ran west toward Central Park Avenue, police said. Meals gave chase, caught up to Soderlund at Central Park Avenue and again began punching him in the face, according to police. Meals knocked Soderlund to the ground and continued to punch and kick him, police said.

Emergency crews arrived and Meals fled, police said. Soderlund was taken to an area hospital and died from his injuries March 9, 2011. The 28-year-old was pronounced dead at Kindred Chicago Central Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy determined he died of bronchopneumonia and blunt head trauma from an assault, and the death was ruled a homicide.

Meals was arrested Monday and charged with murder Tuesday, police said. He has 16 previous arrests, including battery causing bodily harm, attempting to elude police and various drug charges, police said.

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