On Wednesday, June 21st, at approximately 8:10am, a Whiteside County Deputy was conducting stationary patrol on I-88, when the Deputy clocked a Silver in color Dodge Charger traveling eastbound at a speed of 111-mph. The vehicle matched the description of an ISPERN Alert for a vehicle involved in a Fleeing & Eluding incident in Rock Island County.
The Whiteside County Deputy made an attempt to the stop the vehicle, but terminated at Mile Marker 36. The suspect vehicle was last observed exiting at the 36mm ramp. The suspect vehicle traveled eastbound on Us Rt 30, where it was located by the Rock Falls Police Department traveling 90mph in a 40mph zone.
Although not being pursued, the suspect vehicle continued eastbound at an extremely high rate of speed. The driver lost control after driving onto the north shoulder of the roadway, rolling the vehicle rolled before coming to rest in the 700 blk of East Rt 30.
After the accident, four male black suspects were seen attempting to exit the vehicle and flee the scene. One eyewitness reported seeing one of the suspects carrying a hand gun as he fled on foot. At no time were any suspects seen on video running eastbound from the scene
The first suspect was apprehended as he was exiting the crashed vehicle while attempting to flee. This suspect was identified as Twenty-three year old Montriel D. Clark of Rockford. Clark was taken into custody, transported to CGH by ambulance for minor injuries, and later remanded to the Whiteside County Jail. In addition to charges from this incident, Clark was wanted out of Rockford for a valid arrest warrant for 1st Degree Murder / No FOID / Unlawful Use of Weapons/ Aggravated Discharge / Aggravated Battery
Additional officers from the Illinois State Police, Sterling, Rock Falls, Prophetstown, and Fulton Police Departments were requested and established a perimeter that extended West to Route 40 and South to I-88. Officers searching the area first apprehended twenty-eight year old Gregory Gould of Rockford in the 700 block of East Rt 30, hiding in a shed behind a residential property.
The search was extended to a wooded area and included the use of the Carrol County K-9, aerial drones, and officers on foot. The search resulted in the subsequent apprehension of the remaining two suspects, twenty year old Jimmitreus J Castleberry of Aurora, and twenty-three year old Terrance T. Howard of Hazel Crest. Castleberry was also wanted by the Illinois Department of Corrections on a parole violation warrant, while Howard was also wanted out of Rockford for Failure to Appear, Fleeing & Eluding.
Evidence recovered at the scene included a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson hand gun; a 9mm Glock handgun with an extended magazine and an installed after-market device that converts the semi-automatic weapon to fully automatic, and multiple controlled substances including crack cocaine, MDMA and cannabis.
An erroneous social media posting stating that a male suspect apprehended east of the crash scene on McNeil Road was involved in this incident. That individual was NOT INVOLVED and was apprehended only for an Outstanding Whiteside County Warrant for Failure to Pay or Appear.
As Sheriff of Whiteside County, I would like to say thank you to the Police agencies who helped apprehend this 4 suspects it was done with great communication and team work. Also a big thank you to the community who help with providing video to the Sheriff’s Office.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty
All defendants are in custody at the Whiteside County Jail and will make their initial appearance today at 1:00pm. Suspects are Charged with various offense including :
Arrested Person – Gregory D. Gould
Charge(s) – Armed Violence
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Unlawful Possession of Cannabis
Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver
Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to deliver
Resisting / Obstructing a Peace Officer