On Thursday, April 19, 2018 at approximately 9:24 p.m. Fairview Heights Officers were dispatched to Kassing Drive in the city, because of multiple 911 calls. Residents reported a male was breaking into vehicles and provided a description of the suspect. Officers arrived and began to set up a perimeter to initiate a search for the male. Assistance was provided by Caseyville Police and a Belleville Police Department K9 unit.
Witnesses informed officers of the location where the suspect was last seen which allowed the K9 to track to the suspect. However, the suspect was able to run from police through a wooded area and out of sight. Officers later observed a male matching the description walking on a nearby roadway and took the individual into custody. The suspect, a 30-year old Collinsville man, was found to have sustained a non-life-threatening injury during his escape attempt through the wooded area and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Officers will present this case to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney seeking charges against the suspect.
The apprehension of this individual was the direct result of the residents in the impacted neighborhood being observant, involved, and helping officers on scene. The men and women of the department thank each of those involved who aided in this investigation.
Additional information will be provided when formal charges are issued.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the St. Clair County State Attorney, Brendan Kelly’s office filed charges against the suspect in this case:
He was charged with two felony counts:
His bond has been set at $70,000. He is currently being held at the St. Clair County Jail.
*All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.