State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert
Marshall announced today that charges have been upgraded to First Degree Murder
against Alan Wang, 56 (d.o.b. 3/20/1964) of 1103 N. Mill Street, Naperville.
Wang is accused of beating his wife to death earlier this year. On March 11,
2020, Wang appeared at a bond hearing where bond was set at $850,000 with 10%
to apply. He was originally charged with one count of Aggravated Domestic
Battery (Class 2 Felony.) Yesterday, Wang was indicted on two counts of First
Degree Murder in addition to the existing count of Aggravated Domestic Battery.
March 8, 2020, at approximately 4:50 p.m., personnel from the Naperville Police
and Fire Departments responded to a call at the couple’s residence regarding a female
who was not breathing, later identified as Hongyan Yang, 35 (d.o.b. 6/10/1984).
The victim was immediately taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced
dead at 5:54 p.m. Following an investigation conducted by the Naperville Police
Department into Yang’s death, it is alleged that in the evening hours of March
7, 2020, the defendant and his wife were in the couple’s bedroom when the
defendant kicked the victim multiple times. The following day, a relative of
the couple called 9-1-1 when it appeared that the victim stopped breathing. The
findings of an autopsy conducted by DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen’s
office led to the upgraded charges.
autopsy conducted by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office concluded Hongyan
Yang died as a result of internal bleeding,” Berlin
said. “With a cause of death now known, justice demands that the charges
against Mr. Wang support the allegations that he is responsible for her death. I commend the DuPage County Coroner’s Office for their
outstanding efforts in identifying Hongyan Yang’s death. I would like to thank the
Naperville Police Department for their work on this very sad case. I would also
like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Amanda Meindl and Alexandria Levan for
their efforts in securing the appropriate charges against Mr. Wang.”
"This was a brutal and
tragic crime, and I want to thank our officers and investigators, the DuPage
County Coroner’s Office as well as the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office
for their diligence in investigating this case in order to get justice for Mrs.
Yang," Marshall said. “Our department is committed to helping victims of
domestic violence find safety before something as tragic as this incident occurs.
From our victim advocate and social services team to the resources available on
our website, www.naperville.il.us/domesticviolence,
we want victims of domestic violence to know that the Naperville Police
Department has resources to help you. You are not alone.”
Jorgensen, MD, DuPage County Coroner, appreciates the thorough and professional
investigation by Deputy Scott Quinn and Katherine Little. “The experience and
training of the Coroner Deputies is brought to the fore in situations like this
where the investigation, preservation and collection of evidence is essential
to bringing justice for the deceased,” Jorgensen said. “Additionally, the
excellent evaluation and examination by Chief Forensic Pathologist Hilary
McElligott, MD, was integral to the investigation and presentation of factual
evidence to the State’s Attorney for charging and prosecuting this offender.”
next court appearance is scheduled for July 20, 2020 for status in front of Judge
Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint
contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A
defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is
the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.