By the NewsTribune Staff
and The Associated Press
BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Police in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois have arrested a man wanted in connection to two homicides in northern Illinois, including one at the Interstate 39 rest area near Paw Paw.
Illinois and Wisconsin police forces teamed up to arrest 36-year-old Terence Doddy of Rockford at 11:23 a.m. Friday after a high-speed chase in Rock County.
The man is a suspect in the killings of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman and 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier.
Illinois State Police say Bargman was killed Tuesday at the rest stop near Paw Paw along Interstate 39 in north-central Illinois. They say surveillance video showed a man attacking the Monticello, Ill., woman as she left a restroom.
Hansmeier was an insurance salesman from Rockford. He was found dead of head and neck injuries Monday at a Rockford business.
Thursday afternoon, state police District 1, Sterling released photos of a gray 2013 Nissan Altima that Doddy allegedly stole from Bargman and drove from the rest area. They also released photos for distribution to the public of Doddy, of a blue dome-style tent Doddy may have been using for camping and a surveillance photo of Doddy exiting a store in the Rockford area.
Tracking down Doddy
State and Rockford police were working with the U.S. Marshals, law enforcement nationwide and the media in their attempt to locate Doddy.
State police reported they “received numerous tips and leads from the public.”
State police said Doddy was spotted Wednesday night by an off-duty Winnebago County police officer near Machesney Park, and they received reports of several sightings during the nationwide manhunt.
“At approximately 11 a.m. Friday, Doddy was spotted in Rockton after an ISP District 16 trooper observed the rray Nissan matching the description of Tonya Bargman’s vehicle,” a state police report read. “ISP Air Operations also observed the area and provided aerial support on sightings and locations. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the law enforcement alert (Rock Island County Sheriff’s, Beloit PD, Winnebago County Sheriff’s and Rockford PD) in an attempt to apprehend Doddy.
“Doddy finally lost control of the Nissan and ISP troopers immediately took him into custody with the assistance of Winnebago Sheriff’s and Beloit PD. No other injuries were reported.”
Rock County authorities told The Associated Press they threw down “stop sticks” causing the car’s tires to blow out and the car to crash into trees.
Illinois State Police director Hiram Grau stated: “The cooperative effort and fast response of our District 16 troopers, Zone investigators and police partners in Winnebago, Rockford, Rock Island and Beloit should be recognized as solid police work.
“Our thoughts are with the grieving families who have lost their loved ones and our hope is that this arrest will bring some closure to their pain,” Grau added.
Doddy remains in police custody in Wisconsin and a court date and charges are pending.