Retired correctional officer dies after being beaten during Hazel Crest robbery

HAZEL CREST (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A retired correctional officer died nearly a week after he was beaten during a robbery outside his home in south suburban Hazel Crest.

Keith Chamble, 60, was exiting his vehicle after 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in the 16800 block of Orchard Ridge Avenue when multiple people approached him in his driveway, Hazel Crest police said in a statement.

The unknown assailants attacked him and stole his 2018 Nissan Rogue and personal items, police said.

Chamble was able to make it into his home, where his daughter found him after 1 a.m., police said. She called paramedics, who brought him to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:27 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of head injuries from an assault and his death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators later found the Chamble’s Nissan in the 17000 block of Anthony, but no one was inside, police said. Several of his personal items were recovered.

Chamble’s daughter, Shanae Wynese Cross, asked for the public’s help on Facebook to knock on doors in her father’s neighborhood and find witnesses.

“Someone knows something,” she wrote. “We need answers. We need justice for [my dad].”

She posted a photo of her dad, a retired correctional officer at Stateville Correctional Center, in a hospital bed attached to a ventilator.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone with information to call Hazel Crest police detectives at (708) 335-9640.