'Good police work': Local sexual assault suspect caught in Tennessee

News DemocratSeptember 23, 2013 

The 50-year-old Madison County man who police officials have been trying to find for several days was caught Monday afternoon in Fairview, Tenn.

Jerry Sutt, of 1245 Iowa St., Madison, who police were looking for in connection the sexually assault of his ex-girfriend's juvenile daughter was arrested about 4 p.m. in a car that police developed information on earlier Monday.

U.S. Marshall Don Slaznik said it was great teamwork from multiple agencies, including the Madison County Sheriff's Department and the city of Madison and Granite City police. Sutt was also pictured on the Crime Stoppers wanted billboard.

"We developed some information about 2 p.m. (Monday) that Sutt was in the area of Fairview, Tenn. Then, we identified a vehicle that he might be in. It had been reported stolen. The U.S. Marshall Service there had already been notified," Slaznik said.

"The Williamson County Sheriff's Department had him in handcuffs, without incident," Slaznik said.

Slaznik said the unidentified mother of the girl had filed an order of protection against Sutt. The sexual offense occurred in the late hours of Sept. 18 or the early morning hours of Sept. 19 in a home in rural Collinsville, police said.

After binding the occupants of the house, Sutt allegedly assaulted one of the victims, Slaznik said.

The victim went to a St. Louis hospital, where she was treated.

Slaznik said the cooperation between multiple agencies helped to locate Sutt.

"I am grateful to the entire team. It was good police work. This is what it takes," Slaznik said.