Correctional officer accused of going on crime spree, attacking women

William Carpenter
William Carpenter

WEST CITY, IL (KFVS) - A correctional officer faces several charges after police say he went on a crime spree in Franklin County Saturday afternoon.

William Carpenter, 37, is charged with vehicle invasion, aggravated battery, robbery and aggravated assault.

West City Police Chief Scott Choisser says Carpenter broke into a garage in Christopher, then made several attempts to get into women's cars in the parking lot at the Rend Lake Plaza.

Police received a call at 3:48 p.m. from one of the women who Carpenter allegedly grabbed by the throat and tried to get her keys. The woman was able to get free when he let go because she was honking her horn.

"He went up to one automobile with an elderly lady in it," said West City Chief of Police Scott Choisser. "And he reached in and grabbed her by the throat and was choking her and demanded her keys. She did the smart thing, she couldn't speak so she laid on the horn to get some attention."

Police say Carpenter then went after another woman in the parking lot and jumped in the backseat of another woman's car.

"He attempted to get the keys from the lady in the vehicle. And that is when our officer arrived on the scene," Chief Choisser said.

When police arrived, Carpenter became combative with the West City officer and began fighting, biting and spitting at the officer.

"He did begin to fight with our officer, he tried to bite him. And he was trying to get away, and he tried to head-butt our officer," said Chief Choisser.

The officer tasered Carpenter and was able to put him in handcuffs. When the officer stood him up, Carpenter broke free, and the officer chased him down again and tasered Carpenter for the second time.

Carpenter works as a correctional officer at the Du Quoin Impact Incarceration Program which is part of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Carpenter is currently on administrative leave, according to IDOC.

Carpenter's bond was set at $100,000 on Monday afternoon. He submitted $10,000 and bonded out of jail.

He's been charged with Burglary, 2 counts of Vehicle Invasion, 2 counts of Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault.

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