Isaac L. Duncan, 38, was arrested after an exhaustive search that involved county deputies, local police, federal officers, state troopers, an Illinois State Police aircraft and at least three canine teams.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A man wanted on a Sangamon County burglary warrant abandoned his hiding place in a muddy creek and surrendered to police Tuesday after an Illinois State Police trooper warned he was getting ready to turn his canine partner loose.
Isaac L. Duncan, 38, of Warrensburg, was arrested after an exhaustive search near Cantrall that involved county deputies, Sherman police, federal officers, state troopers, an Illinois State Police aircraft and at least three canine teams, said Lt. Robert Steil of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began about 3:15 p.m. when Sangamon County Deputy Jim Hayes spotted Duncan in Sherman. The deputy recognized Duncan as someone who was wanted on a burglary warrant and attempted a traffic stop, Steil said.
Duncan reportedly fled, and the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns.
Around 3:30 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of Gabbert Road reported that someone had driven through their backyard and crashed into a wooded area. A man and woman ran from the car into the wooded area.
Police determined the car was from the earlier pursuit, and they started to search the area for the couple.
Police were able to arrest the woman, Ashley D. Franklin, 35, of the same address in Warrensburg, but they were unable to find Duncan initially.
Around 5:30 p.m., authorities called off the search and prepared to leave the area. About that time, someone called 911 and reported a man ran across Gabbert Road in the area of Goldenrod Lane.
Officers responded to the area, and a homeowner said he saw the man, later identified as Duncan, run into a nearby creek. The homeowner was able to narrow the search area to a small section of the creek between two houses.
It was at that point one of the state police canine officers announced that he was getting ready to take his canine off the leash. Duncan then surrendered.
Steil said Duncan was covered in mud, and some of the officers compared his appearance to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the movie “Predator.”
Franklin also was wanted on a burglary warrant. Both were booked into the Sangamon County Jail.
In addition to good teamwork among the law enforcement agencies, Steil said the help from the public was instrumental in finding Duncan.
John Reynolds is a reporter for The Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register.