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Deputies find East Prairie man hiding in hollow dresser

Enrique "Rick" Rendon (Source: Mississippi County SO) Enrique "Rick" Rendon (Source: Mississippi County SO)
Madilyn Archie (Source: Mississippi County SO) Madilyn Archie (Source: Mississippi County SO)

Authorities say an East Prairie man was found by deputies hiding in a hollow dresser at a home on Wednesday.

According to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, the man and a woman are facing charges after deputies helped the Division of Family Services with a child abuse-neglect investigation.

Madilyn Archie, 21, of East Prairie, was charged with hindering a felony prosecution, and was released after posting a $25,000 surety bond.

Enrique ‘Rick' Rendon, 30, of East Prairie, was charged with assault 2nd degree, tampering with a victim, felony resisting arrest and trespass 1st degree.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, Deputy Marc Tragesser was asked to meet a DFS caseworker on Mitchell Street in East Prairie, to check the welfare of a minor living in the residence.

According to the sheriff, the deputy knocked a number of times on the front and back doors, but one the people inside had several warrants and the couple refused to open the door.

After waiting a reasonable time without going inside, the deputy contacted Deputies Mike Tarver and David Watkins to assist him in searching the home.

The deputies and DFS caseworker were concerned for the safety and well-being of the children inside, according to the sheriff. So, the deputies decided to enter the home through an unlocked door.

Once inside, the deputies asked the tenant, Madilyn Archie, whether Rick Rendon was there. Archie told officers that he was not, but a young child living in the residence told the deputies that Rick Rendon was in the bedroom, according to authorities.

After a thorough search, deputies found Rick Rendon hidden inside a dresser behind drawers that had been modified to create a hollow compartment.

At that time, both Rick Rendon and Madilyn Archie were taken into custody.

According to the sheriff, Rendon's assault, trespassing and tampering charges stem from a mid-July incident where Rendon and another man supposedly confronted a rural East Prairie family by coming onto their property and made threats of violence.

Rendon's bonds in three separate cases totaled $ 30,000 cash or surety, plus $1,000 cash only.

Rendon also has two drug distribution charges pending in Mississippi County. Prior to his latest arrest, had been out of jail on a $50,000 surety bond.

According to Mississippi County authorities, Rendon was still the custody of the Mississippi County Detention Center on Thursday.

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