UPDATE (5/5/16) – Thursday, a judge set Cummings’ and McLaughlin’s bond at $1 million. Both are charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery, as well as resisting a peace officer.
Crime scene investigators searched the property of the Grant Hills Motel in Galena early Wednesday morning where the Jo Daviess County Critical Incident Response Team was attempting to apprehend two suspects, wanted on felony warrants for assault out of San Bernardino, California.
While attempting to arrest Andrew Cummings and Crystal McLaughlin at the Grant Hills Motel, the two fugitives pointed a weapon toward the officers. The suspects then fled the scene in a stolen Dodge truck, striking both a police vehicle and an officer.
An officer was trying to remove McLaughlin from the vehicle as it accelerated, briefly dragging the officer on the ground.
The policemen were treated and released from the Midwest Medical Center in Galena.
Phone calls and emails were delivered to area businesses to make them aware of the situation.
“It definitely caught me off guard. There were a lot of questions [I had] as to if they were apprehended, if the kids were going to be going to school the next day, things like that,” said Matthew Blaum, the owner of Blaum Bros. Distilling Company located immediately next to the motel.
“I had an email from our office where the voicemail actually came in and said that Galena was on lockdown,” says Steve McIntyre, a resident of the area.
Two shots were fired at the vehicle as it was fleeing by police, but it sped away, heading westbound on Highway 20 before being disabled near the intersection of 20 and Gear Street — on the opposite side of the city.
The suspects then fled on foot, into a wooded area where they were eventually apprehended, after an extensive search took place. The suspects are now in custody at the Jo Daviess County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing pending additional charges.
Residents say the entire event was a surprise for such a small, quiet town.
“Well, normally, a small town like this is pretty quiet, so it’s kind of surprising that that happened,” says McIntyre.
“It was definitely a shock. Obviously not much happens here at all. There’s virtually no crime or any excitement really,” Blaum said.