Third suspect arrested in SIUE kidnap-robbery

News-DemocratApril 30, 2014 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Police Chief Kevin Schmoll held a press conference where he gave details of an armed robbery and kidnapping that happened on campus last week. Two of three suspects are in custody.


— A third student has been arrested in the kidnapping and robbery of a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student earlier this month.

SIUE police report that freshman DeMarcus Butts of Chicago was arrested on Monday night. He is charged with one count of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of burglary.

Butts joins Jabreel Watson of Chicago and Shantel Rogers of Decatur, who face the same charges alleging that the three lured a fellow student out of the Prairie Hall residence hall and kidnapped him, stole electronics from his car, drove around town for a while, forced him to withdraw money from an ATM and then dropped him off in a remote area of the campus.

The student was blindfolded the entire time, police said, and was unaware of his captors' identities. He was not injured. Police also said they found items stolen from the student's car in Watson's room in Prairie Hall.

Butts is in custody at the Madison County Jail on bail of $250,000. SIUE spokesmen had said Watson and Rogers were considered separated from the university on an interim basis, pending the outcome of their felony charges. Butts' status as a student was not immediately available.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to contact SIUE Police at 650-3324.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.

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