CLINTON — An Illinois man is charged with two counts of felony kidnapping.
Antwan Evans, 31, of Plainfield, Illinois, is charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony, and second-degree kidnapping, a Class B felony. The Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent Evans. A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in Clinton County District Court.
According to the affidavit, on Oct. 5 at 6:55 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South in Clinton at the request of a public service officer due to her being told that people were being held captive at gunpoint. Officers were then directed to 417 Fifth Ave. South, where they met with three people.
The affidavit states that two them claimed that they, along with two others, were robbed at gunpoint by three black males in Davenport around 4 p.m. that day. One of them described one of the guns the assailants brandished as a subcompact pistol, possibly a Mac 11, with a large clip. The victims said all of their possessions were taken, including cell phones, money and IDs. One alleged victim said he knew one of the assailants as "TY," who was later identified as Tyreese B. Triplett, who has also been charged with two counts of felony kidnapping.
According to the affidavit, an alleged victim said one of the other assailants had a tattoo on his face, above his eye. He added that the assailants asked if he knew where "DO" was. The same victim told them he was in Clinton and offered to show them where he was. The victim says he was placed in the trunk of a gold four-door car driven by Triplett. A female, described as light-skinned black, sat in the front passenger seat. Two assailants got into the victim's vehicle.
The affidavit states that once in Clinton, the victim was removed from the trunk and placed into the back seat of the car driven by Triplett. He was asked to direct Triplett to an apartment building at 417 Fifth Ave. South. When they arrived at the building, there were many people around due to a parade, so Triplett drove to the Shell station located at 1003 Eighth Ave. South. Triplett gave money to the front seat female passenger, who then paid for gas. The vehicle and the female were captured by surveillance video.
According to the affidavit, everyone then went to the apartment building. The victim who had been in the trunk was ordered to take them to the apartment, which he did. The assailants allegedly held several people in the apartment at gunpoint and took their cell phones. They also demanded money.
The affidavit states that just after 1 a.m. Oct. 6, the Wisconsin State Patrol was involved in a high speed pursuit with a vehicle believed to be that of the woman who was with the assailants earlier in Clinton. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Triplett, was arrested. Evans was identified by Wisconsin State Trooper Sou Xiong through an Illinois ID he had on his person. They also recovered a pistol that was thrown out of the vehicle during the pursuit. The pistol was confirmed to be similar in style to a Mac 11 by officers.