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CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago man has been charged with murder for allegedly strangling a Park Ridge man in a dispute over drug money.

Yuron Robinson, 34, was arrested Sunday as he was boarding a bus bound for Iowa, according to Park Ridge police.

He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Henry Nowak, also known as Henry “Chip” Mallek. A Skokie judge ordered Robinson held on $5 million bail during a bond hearing on Wednesday.

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Nowak’s body was found early on Feb. 9 in a parking lot near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the 200 block of Summit Avenue, police said. His hands had been bound in front of him with plastic ties.

Nowak had last been seen leaving his Park Ridge apartment to meet Robinson in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood, police said.

Police believe Robinson owed Nowak money.

“Robinson allegedly owed Mr. Nowak some money regarding some drug transactions. An argument ensued,” Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said. Robinson allegedly strangled Nowak during the struggle.

In an effort to allay public concern, Kaminski said the killing was an isolated incident.

Nowak’s relatives said they believe someone else is involved. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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