When authorities discussed the apprehension of Robert E. Crimo III during an evening news conference, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesperson Christopher Covelli said calling a person a suspect or a person of interest amounts to the same thing.
Law enforcement officials have “processed a significant amount of digital evidence today which helped lead investigators in this direction. So, calling somebody a suspect or person of interest, it’s really synonymous," he said. "This individual is believed to have been responsible for what happened and the investigation will continue. Charges have not been approved yet at this time -- and we are a long way from that."
Earlier, as law enforcement searched for Crimo, police labeled him "a person of interest" and the FBI said, "He being sought for his alleged involvement in the shooting of multiple individuals at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois."