Crime

May 30, 2014

Police: 'Swimming bandits' charged with felonies

Four Missouri burglary suspects -- who were captured in Madison County after their car crashed into a lake and two of them tried to flee by swimming away from pursing officers -- have been charged in relation to the case.

Jarrell Beckman, 32; Myron Davis, 31; Johnny Hughes, 22 and Christopher Watson were charged by Missouri authorities with burglary, narcotics trafficking and resisting arrest.

According to police, the men were burglarizing a home on Wednesday afternoon in Jennings, Mo. when a woman who lived at the house came home to discover them in her living room.

The suspects reportedly fled, leading police across the Mississippi River into Illinois, where they crashed on Interstate 70 near Illinois 111, their car ending up partially in a lake.

Officers surrounding them on land, two of the suspects swam for the opposite shore across the algae-covered lake. But they ended up surrendering to officers on the lake shore.

According to police, two large boxes containing about 10 pounds of marijuana were found in the suspects' car.

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