Chicago man arrested on charges of drug-induced homicide

By Dave Gong

A Chicago man wanted in connection with a drug-induced homicide that occurred on July 1 is in custody, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s press release.

A warrant was issued on Oct. 13 for Irvin K. Young, 38, said Gary Dumdie, Chief Deputy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Young was arrested Wednesday with the assistance of the Chicago Police Department’s fugitive apprehension team, as well as the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force overseen by the U.S. Marshals Service, Dumdie said.

“The Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force has helped us many times in recent years in apprehending some of our more violent offenders,” Dumdie said.

Dumdie said on July 1, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an individual who was not breathing at an address in the 17000 block of Old State Road in Maple Park. Upon arrival, paramedics found Matthew R. Birbilas, 26, dead in his home. Dumdie said the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office was contacted and as a result of the autopsy and toxicology report, the cause of death was determined to be a heroin overdose. According to court documents, drug-induced homicide is a class X felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

The charges against Young allege that Young sold Birbilas the heroin that lead to his death. Dumdie said on July 2, another individual, Jennifer A. Andel, 31, of Lyons, was charged with obstruction of justice for interfering with the investigation. Court documents state Andel is also charged with drug-induced homicide.

Young is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail on a $1 million bond. Young will need to post 10 percent of the bond, or $100,000, to be released.