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June 30, 2014

Police nabbed 'violent' man accused of keeping woman captive in Shiloh

Police have nabbed the 'violent' 23-year-old man they were searching for Monday who is facing nine felony charges for allegedly holding a woman against her will.

"From what I understand, officers found him hiding in a closet at the home of a previous domestic battery victim from last October (2013)," Shiloh Police Chief Jim Stover said. "He's an unusual character."

Wendell E. Bennett Jr., of the 100 block of Hollandia Drive in Fairview Heights, allegedly kept a woman locked in an apartment in the 2400 block of Patrick Drive and forced her into a car. Police made contact with the victim June 16.

Bennett has been considered violent and likely armed, according to Shiloh Assistant Police Chief Gary McGill. According to police officials, Shiloh officers arrived on scene and made contact with the victim who alleged she had been forced to remain in a locked room of an apartment and was later forced into a vehicle against her will. The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived and the victim refused medical treatment for her injuries.

Bennett faces seven felony charges of domestic battery and two felony charges of unlawful restraint related to the allegations.

Bennett also faces felony charges of aggravated battery, harassing witnesses and domestic battery related to offenses that allegedly happened on July 30, according to St. Clair County court records.

Bennett was previously convicted of felony aggravated robbery in 2008, domestic battery in 2011, battery in 2011, felony mob action in 2012, an additional domestic battery charge in 2012 and others.

Stover said Bennett was taken into custody around 2 p.m. without incident and is currently in custody at the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville. According to court records, the warrants were reviewed by St. Clair County Judge Jan Fiss with a bail set at $70,000.

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