Authorities looking for wanted fugitive after standoff in Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – A man is wanted on a warrant out of Jackson County and for questioning after a domestic battery in Williamson County on Sunday.

Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a domestic battery in progress at a home in the 2700 block of Robley Lane in rural Williamson County on Sunday, May 14 around 10:13 a.m.

Deputies found a 64-year-old woman who told them they had been choked and hit in the head by a Lucas M. Thompson, 25, who is her relative.

The woman told deputies that the suspect made threats and said that the only way he would go to jail was for murder.

She was able to escape and ran from the home. She told deputies Thompson was still in the home and was armed with a sword.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office activated the Williamson County Crisis Team and issued an alert through the Williamson County EMA IPAWS system to alert residents within five miles or those who traveled to that around of the public safety concern. The also mobilized a remote camera system which help determine that Thompson had left the scene before deputies arrive.

Since March 2018, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has responded to this home 37 times with a “significant number” of domestic battery calls.

Additional charges against Thompson are anticpated.

The Carterville, Energy, Herrin, Johnston City, and Marion police departments and Illinois State Police Illinois Department of Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife, Williamson County Crisis Team and Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson assisted the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541 or the Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 800-414-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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