Man Leads Police on Two-County Manhunt
By: Carly O'Keefe
PERRY COUNTY, Ill. - A 19-year-old Pinckneyville man leads authorities on a two-county manhunt.
Andy Lunnemann of Pinckneyville is now in custody at the Perry County Jail for allegedly kidnapping a family member from the Du Quoin area.
According to police, Lunnemann kidnapped his aunt to take him across state lines to run from an apparent warrant for his arrest. They drove as far as Nashville before they needed to stop for gas. The Washington County Sheriff's Office called Illinois State Police to assist after a frantic 911 call from the Nashville, Illinois, Gas Mart.
"I think they knew they needed gas and that was her chance to get away from him," said Gas Mart employee Heather McClaine.
Just before 11 a.m. a woman came into the convenience store asking McClain for help.
"She comes running in and she had her arms in the air and she's screaming he's got a gun, he's going to kill me, call 911," said McClaine.
McClaine called police, and within minutes the Gas Mart was surrounded. Investigators say Lunnemann didn't stop there. Police say he then stole a black pickup truck from a nearby store, and drove south back into Perry County. The stolen pickup was abandoned west of Pinckneyville. After hours of searching in a two-county area, Lunnemann was taken into custody as he was leaving a residence in the area of Route 154 and New Church Road.
"If he'd have just faced the charges and gone along with the game plan, he'd have been alright, but now it's developed into a much more serious situation," said Illinois State Trooper David Sneed.
Lunnemann is charged with aggravated kidnapping and armed violence. More charges are expected out of Perry County and he'll likely face charges out of Washington County for the stolen pickup truck.