Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of May 16-22

Editor’s note: The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.

Craigslist meeting gone bad: Victim held at gunpoint, car stolen

An arrangement over a Craigslist car posting reportedly went wrong Sunday afternoon after a victim told Madison County deputies that a young man held him at gunpoint and stole his car in rural Edwardsville.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said an aggravated vehicular car jacking was reported at approximately 3:20 p.m. Sunday. According to a press release, the victim told deputies that he arranged to meet with someone, who responded to a Craigslist posting he made in relation to a car for sale. The victim arranged to meet at the parking lot of a business near the intersection of St. James Road and Moro Road.

Capt. T. Mike Dixon said the victim went to the business at approximately 1:45 p.m. Police did not identify the name of the business where the meeting took place. The suspect arrived at the business with an unknown female, in what was believed to be a black Ford Mustang. The suspect was described as a young black male, approximately 5 foot, 1 inch to 5-3, thin, with lighter skin and short dread locks, or twists in his hair.

The female who was with the suspect was described as a young, light-skinned, short black female with a thin build. The female was captured on the business’ surveillance system before the alleged robbery occurred.

Dixon said the victim allowed the suspect into his 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Shortly after entering the car, the suspect reportedly produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and ordered him out of the car. Authorities said the victim slapped at the handgun, which was pointed at his face, and the gun discharged inside of the vehicle. The victim was not injured, according to police.

The victim then fled from the vehicle after the shot was fired and ran back to the business, where a friend was parked in a second car. Authorities said the suspect fled the area, driving the victim’s car. The victim and his friend attempted to pursue the suspect, going southbound from the scene to Illinois 159, to Buchta Road and then southbound onto I-255.

While chasing the stolen vehicle, the victim called 911 to report the incident. As the vehicle proceeded westbound onto I-55/70 toward St. Louis, a Fairmont City police officer attempted to stop the suspect. The suspect fled from the pursuing officer at speeds over 100 mph.

Due to concerns for the safety of the general public, the officer stopped the pursuit. The suspect reportedly continued westbound over the Popular Street Bridge, into St. Louis.

Authorities said Monday afternoon that they are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a female who was with the suspect. Anyone with information about the reported incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at one of the following numbers: the dispatch center at (618) 692-4433, the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000 or investigations at (618) 692-0871.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests

▪ Diamond R. Bedford, 22, of St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on May 16 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of cannabis.

▪ Stephan M. Farris, 31, of Pickneyville was arrested on May 18 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a revoked license.

HPD misdemeanors, citations, tickets

May 16-17

▪ No tickets issued.

May 18

▪ Kimberly M. Boatman, 39, of Highland was charged with retail theft for allegedly hygiene items, a dress and a bag of ice from Walmart.

May 19

▪ William Leaderbrand, 29, of Spencer, Ind., was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

May 20

▪ A juvenile, 17, of Highland and Peter M. Baumgartner, 19, of Highland were both charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly throwing fireworks, causing damage to two vehicles.

May 21

▪ Logan A. Runge, 21, of Highland was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while having a suspended/revoke license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

May 22

▪ Joey C. Hillin, 22, of Highland was charged with possession of cannabis and illegal transportation of alcohol.

▪ Jeremy Jenkins, 24, of Highland was charged with reckless driving.