Suspect arrested, charged by Marion police



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MARION, Ill. (KBSI) – On Monday, March 6, 2023, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Marion Police Department (MPD) officers were dispatched to SIH Urgent Care in response to a report of a suspicious person circling the parking lot in a black Nissan and attempting to get the female employees to come to his vehicle.

Upon the initial officers’ arrival, they observed a black Nissan driving around the parking lot and finally park in a stall.

The MPD officer approached the vehicle and attempted to speak with the driver.

The driver would not speak to the officer and would not identify himself. The driver was hiding his right hand and refused to show the officer what, if anything, he had in his hand.

After repeated attempts to get the driver to comply with commands, the driver charged at the officer.

The officer deployed his issued Taser, which had no on the male.

A struggle ensued and the male attempted to get the officers service weapon out of the holster.

Before the suspect could get hold of the officer’s service weapon, the officer, which is an MPD K-9 Officer, activated the remote door opener to the squad car and released the K-9.

The K-9 gained control of the male and the officer was then able to place handcuffs on and arrest the male.

The suspect in this incident was identified as Keith B. Hendrix, 41 yrs. old of West Frankfort. Hendrix was transported to the Heartland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Hendrix was treated and released into MPD custody, where he was then transported to the Williamson County Jail pending a court appearance. Hendrix is initially charged with Resisting a Peace Officer, Resisting a Peace Officer-Injury to Peace Officer, and Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer.

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