O’Fallon Police on Friday afternoon were “still actively searching for an extremely dangerous man,” according to Lt. James Cavins.
Ernest T. Washington, 29, was wanted for his alleged involvement and fleeing the scene of a domestic battery incident Wednesday in the 100 block of Alice Drive.
Washington’s alleged connection with the O’Fallon domestic battery involves an ex-girlfriend, but no minor children, Cavins noted.
Cavins released a public announcement Thursday, notifying the public of the manhunt that followed the “home invasion-type, domestic related situation that occurred at 12:42 p.m. Wednesday.”
Washington has no known address, but has ties to the O’Fallon, Belleville and Clinton County areas. He is 6-foot-2, weighs 220 pounds and should be considered extremely dangerous, Cavins said.
“Based on his previous record, we know he has associates in Belleville, O’Fallon and the Clinton County areas, which we are following up on. He has a long list of different arrests in (these areas),” Cavins said. “This is the first involvement of this victim.”
St. Clair County court records indicate warrants were issued for Washington for aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery-subsequent offense.
“Because of his extensive criminal history, we wanted to reach out for the public’s assistance on this case,” Cavins said.
Washington is on intensive probation stemming from a 2013 domestic battery conviction.
Due to the level of concern for the victim and her family, Cavins declined to comment on the nature of the department’s increased patrol strategy.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the O’Fallon police at (618) 624-4545.