DNA cracks 2018 Oak Park murder case

Deceased man linked to fatal stabbing of Sergio Quiano

September 11th, 2020 5:13 PM

Updated: Sep. 11th, 2020 6:04 PM

Sergio Quiano

By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

DNA evidence has connected a deceased Cicero man to the fatal stabbing in 2018 of 77-year-old Oak Park resident Sergio Quiano, according to Oak Park spokesman David Powers.

The murder weapon was linked in July 2019 to Brian Lycko, 49, through the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), Powers told Wednesday Journal. Cicero police found Lycko's body on May 20 of that same year.

Quiano was found dead Feb. 2, 2018 in his downtown Oak Park apartment on North Boulevard. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Quiano's death as homicide by "multiple sharp force injuries."

The CODIS system had Lycko's DNA due to a previous murder conviction. In 1997, according to the Chicago Tribune, Lycko was charged with beating his 58-year-old roommate to death during an argument over meatball sandwich in their Chicago apartment, for which Lycko served 18 years in prison.

At the time of Quiano's death, Alberto and Jovita Monarrez, longtime friends of Quiano, described him as a kind and generous man who "never forgot a birthday."

Alberto Monarrez said Quiano had lived in Oak Park for over 35 years – they first met about 25 years ago at Bakers Square Restaurant and Bakery, formerly near the corner of Lake Street and Harlem Avenue, where Quiano worked as a waiter.Quiano immigrated to the United States from the Philippines, where he had worked as a journalist, Alberto Monarrez said.

He described Quiano as a friendly man who loved to strike up a conversation with anyone who wanted to talk.

"He spent most of the majority of his life talking to people," Alberto Monarrez recalled. Quiano body was discovered by a janitor performing a welfare check at the request of a friend.

Police said in a press release at the time of the murder that there were no signs of forced entry, but there were "obvious signs of foul play."

This story has been updated to include a picture of Sergio Quiano.


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