Carlinville K-9 key in capturing suspects

Carlinville K-9 key in capturing suspects

Gillespie Police, with assistance from the Benld Police Department, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department and the K-9 unit from the Carlinville Police Department, took part in a manhunt Monday night on Gillespie’s south end, following an incident in the 1100 block of South Madison Street, that involved three victims and two assailants.

According to Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe, at approximately 8:15 p.m., Feb. 6, an altercation took place between three Gillespie-area males and two armed men from the metro east. The suspects allegedly struck one of the local men and robbed him of his cell phone, before fleeing the scene on foot. The victim who was struck suffered minor injuries.

Officers conducted an extensive search of the area bordered by Clark Street, South Macoupin and Staunton Road (Route 4), during which time a blue Ford, believed to be used by the suspects, was found near the scene and impounded by Gillespie Police.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., Hawk, the K-9 unit from Carlinville Police Department, tracked one of the suspects to a wooded area along Clark Street, where police were able to take Quincy Morgan, 23, of St. Louis into custody.

The second suspect, Jonathan Williams, 20, of Edwardsville, was located the next morning along Route 4, between Gillespie and Benld. DePoppe confirmed difficulty in identifying Williams because he provided police with different names.

According to DePoppe, first responders  spent most of Tuesday conducting a grid search of the area where the incident took place for evidence.

The suspects are being held in Macoupin County Jail awaiting official charges.

“I’d like to thank the Benld Police, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department and the K-9 unit from the Carlinville Police Department. The K-9 was key in tracking the suspect so he could be taken into custody,” said DePoppe.