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3 arrested following car chase

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
June 26, 2010
— Three suspected bank robbers were arrested in western Rock County on Friday morning after a high-speed chase through three counties.

Joseph D. Anderson, 27; Monare R. Moore, 23, and Damarceo M. Paschol, 24, all of Rockford are being held at the Rock County Jail on local charges and FBI detainers.


Anderson and Moore were both arrested on charges of carrying concealed weapons, resisting or obstructing, and felon in possession of a firearm.


Paschol was arrested on charges of fleeing or eluding and resisting or obstructing.


The FBI detainers mean that when the criminal charges from Rock County are settled, the three men will be turned over to the FBI. The FBI will issue any charges related to the actual bank robbery.


The incident started just before 10 a.m. Friday after observers saw a man armed with a gun running toward a vehicle parked near Community Bank in Orangeville, Ill.


Orangeville is on Illinois Highway 26 in Stephenson County, two miles south of the state line.


Bank officials told police the three men were armed with pistols and at least one long-barreled firearm, Rock Sheriff’s Capt. Jude Maurer said.


The suspects were next seen northbound on Illinois Highway 26 in a gray Chevrolet Lumina with Illinois plates.


They eluded Stephenson County authorities until they collided with another vehicle in Monroe, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.


Meanwhile, Rock County deputies were staging near intersections along the Green and Rock county line.


A deputy spotted the vehicle entering Brodhead.


Because the suspects were believed to be armed, officers did not pursue them through the city. Instead, they picked up the chase after the suspects left the city, heading east on Highway 11 toward Orfordville, Maurer said.


The chase, which extended about three miles into Rock County, reached speeds of 90 mph. Deputies used squad cars to force the suspects’ vehicle to a stop on Highway 11 near South Severson Road.


The suspects fled into the soybean fields on both sides of the road.


One suspect was injured while fleeing between two squad cars. Another vehicle arrived at the scene at the same time, didn’t see the suspect and unintentionally hit him.


A foot chase through the fields ensued, and at 10:55 a.m., deputies, with the help of the sheriff’s office dog, Dex, caught the trio.


Authorities found weapons and money in the vehicle, linking the suspects to the robbery, Maurer said.


Rock County Sheriff’s Office is working with Stephenson County and FBI officials on the continuing investigation.


Reporter Catherine W. Idzerda contributed to this story.



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