Alexander Acevedo, 23, told police he didn't call 911 because he feared being kicked out of his apartment

By Chris Harris
Updated November 30, 2015 02:45 PM
Cook County Jail

A man arrested by police in the Chicago suburb of Midlothian is accused of stuffing his roommate’s body into a suitcase and leaving it in the basement of his apartment building for nearly two weeks.

A police spokesman tells PEOPLE that Alexander Acevedo, 23, has been charged with concealing a death and obstructing justice.

According to the spokesman, Acevedo allegedly told police that his roommate, 25-year-old Kimberly Putterlik, died of a drug overdose on or around Nov. 13.

Her death sent him into a panic, and he put her corpse in a suitcase the next day, the spokesman says. Acevedo allegedly dragged the suitcase to the apartment complex’s basement, leaving it in a storage room, the spokesman adds.

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On Thanksgiving, a resident of the building flagged down a police officer, complaining about a foul odor that was emanating from the basement. Detectives followed the smell to the suitcase and Putterlik’s remains.

Putterlik’s official cause of death is still under investigation, but the police spokesman says that Acevedo told authorities he disposed of his roommate’s belongings in a number of dumpsters.

Acevedo allegedly told police that he didn’t call 911 for fear he would be kicked out of his apartment, according to the spokesman.

Acevedo is due in court Dec. 1, when he is expected to enter a plea to the charges against him. Court records did not indicate whether he has retained counsel.