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Air Search Aids Officers In Capture Of Escapee . . . PAGE TWO


It was reported that he was wanted in Wisconsin for violation of parole. Bond County State’s Attorney John Knight said the parole violation was more serious than any charges he could file against the defendant, so no local charges were filed.

Batista signed a waiver of extradition and Wisconsin authorities will be coming to Bond county to pick him up.

State’s Attorney Knight said Batista is under investigation for the theft of the vehicle in Wisconsin and for a possible theft in Will county in Illinois.

The sheriff’s department indicated that property stolen from Monee in Will county was discovered in the vehicle.

DeJesus was taken to the jail and was held. Sheriff Jeff Brown said that DeJesus was originally taken into custody for possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff indicated that it is believed that DeJesus was not involved in the theft of the car or items from Monee.

A deputy was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle earlier reported to be driven by a possible erratic motorist. The driver turned into the property of Rick Hilliard and travelled down the driveway.

According to the deputy, the driver slowed down and exited the vehicle, but the unit continued to roll. It struck a hommade utility trailer owned by Hillard.

Help For Police Valuable

Police had high praises for the powered parachute pilots and the pubic works department employees for their assistance in the search for Batista.

Sheriff Brown said the work of Beisswenger and Bean in the air was a key to the successful conclusion to the search. Beisswenger, operator of Easy Flight at the Greenville Airport, said they were able to respond quickly because he and Bean were conducting a power parachute course when the call was received.

They flew low over the field and woods, eventually spotting Batista. Beisswenger said the man was not hard to see lying on the ground in a white shirt.

Beisswenger said when he spotted Batista he told someone at the Greenville Airport, who called the sheriff’s department to relay the information to police at the scene.

Sheriff Brown and Police Chief Lorton went to the airport following the arrest to thank Bean and Beiss-wenger for their work. Bean is from Wisconsin.

Beisswenger said he had previously searched a field in his powered parachute, looking for a disabled parachuter.

Chief Lorton said public works department employees have been valued helpers previously, assisting in searching for missing persons. “They have rallied to assist us in the past, and today was a perfect example,” he commented.

Lorton said the employees actually saw Bastista several times. He added that the wanted man was less worried about a municipal vehicle or workers and apparently stepped into the clear for awhile.

Sheriff Brown said he was surprised that Batista stayed in the Greenville area. He added that the man allegedly spent the morning hours in a vacant building.
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