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26 felony charges filed against Granite City man

By Steven Spencer

The Calhoun County State’s Attorney filed 32 charges, 26 being felonies, Monday, Oct 24, against David Robertson of Granite City.
Robertson, age 32, was apprehend by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, Oct 19, after making a dangerous attempt to flee.
Sheriff Bill Heffington said the department was alerted to burglary in which the caller stated several items including multiple firearms were missing. The caller also reported that their vehicle appeared to be stolen and they may have seen it traveling south-bound on Illinois River Road.
The department then notified the ferries of the incident and that the subject was considered armed and dangerous, while dispatch received another call that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen truck was seen south of Brussels.
The vehicle was then spotted by deputies entering Brussels at a high rate of speed before hitting another occupied vehicle and attempting to flee on foot.
While the suspect made an attempt to hide, additional police units form the Pike County Sheriff, Jersey County Sheriff and the Illinois Conservation police responded to set a perimeter before the suspect was located in a local tavern by Calhoun Deputies.
“The stolen truck contained several stolen firearms, including one loaded firearm on the front seat. The vehicle was impounded, pending examination by Illinois State Police Crime Scene,” the Calhoun Sheriffs Department said in a press release. “While on the way back to the initial residence of burglary, we received a report of a suspicious vehicle, parked near the residence that was burglarized. The vehicle was also impounded and through our ongoing investigation was identified as having been stolen by Robertson from a residence in Cottage Hills, Madison County.
Robertson was charged with following:
■ Armed Violence (Class X Felony)
■Residential Burglary
■Aggravated Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
■Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
■Theft $10,000 – $100,000
■Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Injury
■Criminal Damage to Property
■Aggravated Driving Under the Influence
■Aggravated Fleeing/Attempt to Elude a Peace Office (21 MPH Over Limit)
Aggravated Fleeing/Attempt to Elude a Peace Office (Causing Bodily Injury)
■Aggravated Reckless Driving
■Fleeing/Attempt to Elude a Peace Officer
■Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
■Reckless Driving
■Criminal Trespass to Residence
■Speeding
■Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident
■While the investigation is ongoing, Robertson remains in custody, with a $250,000 bond.
“At this time, we do not believe there is any further threat to the community, and do believe Robertson was the sole party of this incident,” The Calhoun Sheriffs Department said. “At the time of these offenses, Robertson was out on Mandatory Supervised Release, otherwise known as Parole, from the Illinois Department of Corrections stemming from a Theft and Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer conviction. The Illinois Department of Corrections has since issued a Parole Warrant for Robertson, and he will be returning to their custody.”
The Sheriff also thanked the public for their help and cooperation in locating the suspect.
“The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Calhoun County State’s Attorney Keisha Morris for her hard work and assistance in this case. We would also like to thank the Illinois State Police for their assistance. Further, everyone here at CCSO and our victim, would like to personally thank our our local citizens, ferry workers, and witnesses for they help in locating this dangerous individual and regularly working with us hand-in-hand to keep Calhoun safe,” said Heffington.
The occupant of the vehicle that was struck by Robertson is recovering after being transported by Calhoun Volunteer Ambulance to Jersey Community Hospital.
Reminder all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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David P. Robertson received a total of 32 charges, 26 of them being felony charges after being caught by Calhoun County Sheriffs Deputies while attempting to flee. The Sheriff said Robertson was out on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections with an extensive criminal history.

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