“Being that Mr. Singh’s case is pending, we will not be commenting on his case at this time,” said Courtney Smallwood, an assistant public defender with the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, which is representing Mr. Singh. Another public defender, Connie Jordan, said the office would not make Mr. Singh available for an interview.
It was not immediately clear what may have drawn Mr. Singh to Chicago or whether he had ties to the area.
According to Mr. Singh’s Facebook page, he is from New Delhi and lives in Orange, Calif.
His LinkedIn profile states that he is self-employed and works as a director at Bubby LLC providing social media, video production and digital marketing for Bubby Bear, a stuffed toy that travels with a yellow duck friend. The bear has a YouTube channel that features Mr. Singh at community events including a race last February in Anaheim, Calif.
In the fall of 2018 Mr. Singh began a master’s degree program for hospitality administration at Oklahoma State University, a spokeswoman confirmed. He graduated in the summer of 2019, she said.
According to a university website, Mr. Singh has a degree in economics from the University of London, with a research focus in reducing food waste and also “the domain of family decision making.”
Before that, Mr. Singh was an assistant manager and senior analyst for Deloitte, the audit, consulting, tax and advisory services company, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Mr. Singh’s next court date is set for Jan. 27, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheelagh McNeill provided research.