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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 States 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.
States 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 sheriffs 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
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
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 sheriffs 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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