Argenta, Illinois – On January 23, 2024 at 5:20 pm, Macon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the Casey’s General Store located at 290 South North St. in Argenta regarding a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. The suspicious vehicle was previously reported to the Decatur Police Department as stolen.
Deputies located the stolen vehicle in the reported location & found it occupied by two males. Deputies attempted to detain the males in the vehicle prior to the vehicle striking a Deputy’s squad car & fleeing the scene. Deputies gave chase and attempted to stop the vehicle but lost sight of it.
The Maroa Police Department assisted in the search and with witness information, located the vehicle wrecked in a farm field near the intersection of Cemetery Road and Duroc Road. Deputies, with the additional assistance of the Oreana Police Department, Illinois State Police & the Illinois Conservation Police, searched the area for the two male occupants.
Deputies received a report that the males were outside a nearby residence seeking refuge but were met by the homeowner armed with a firearm. One of the males was apprehended & taken into custody by law enforcement at this location.
The other male had fled to another nearby residence before being met by that homeowner. The second suspect was intercepted by the homeowner armed with a firearm. The vigilant homeowner effectively held the offender at gunpoint, promptly calling 911. This male was also apprehended & taken into custody by law enforcement at the second location. We commend the homeowner for properly utilizing firearm training and assisting Law Enforcement.
The individuals arrested were identified as Tyler Crum, a 33 year old male from Heyworth, Illinois. He was charged with Aggravated Battery to Peace Officer, Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Resisting/Obstructing Peace Officer. In accordance with the Pretrial Fairness Act he was released from custody with a Notice to Appear. Also arrested was James Snow, a 34 year old male from Urbana, Illinois. He was charged with Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Resisting/Obstructing Peace Officer. He is currently in custody of the Macon County Jail for an outstanding Parole Violation warrant through the Illinois Department of Corrections.