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2 arrested in Jefferson Co., IL after fleeing from police during undercover sting

Taylor Colbert (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Taylor Colbert (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
Nicholas Duncan (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Nicholas Duncan (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Two people are behind bars after evading police during a sting operation to arrest them for extorting money.

On December 15, at around 2:23 p.m., a victim came to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and claimed they were being extorted for money from someone on Craigslist.

The suspects from Craigslist had demanded they meet at Mt.Vernon Walmart and bring an undisclosed amount of cash.

Jefferson County detectives, along with MVPD detectives, set up an undercover sting operation at around 5:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Walmart parking lot.

After the money exchange JCSO detectives approached the front of the suspect’s car and an MVPD detective pulled behind the offender to box them in.

The suspect then placed the vehicle in reverse and struck the MVPD vehicle. The driver then came forward and two JSCO detectives had to jump out of the front of the vehicle to avoid being hit.

The vehicle was able to speed through the parking lot and managed to escape detectives. Detectives were able to identify the suspects and started checking some known homes around the county.

At approximately 11 p.m., Taylor Colbert, 20, of Dix, and Nicholas Duncan, 23, also of Dix, came to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and turned themselves into deputies. 

Colbert and Duncan are facing theft and intimidation charges. More charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

Both are being held at the Jefferson County Justice Center with bond to be set.

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