High speed chase ends with McRae capture

Robert Blackford/Editor

Multiple law enforcement organizations were involved in a high speed chase automobile chase that has took them through Henry, Mercer and Rock Island counties early Thursday afternoon, April 22.

The vehicle has reached speeds up to 120 mile per hour during the chase. The vehicle the suspect was traveling in lost at least one tire during the chase. The suspect was caught at about 2 p.m. after a chase which lasted approximatly 30 minutes.  

The Orion High School was locked down for a brief period of time when it appeared the suspect was headed toward Orion. The suspect traveled on rural roads in Mercer County through Viola and Preemption prior to being stopped at 176th Avenue and 200th Street.

The suspect is believed to be Charles A. McRae. McRae was arrested in March of 2002 for armed robbery at the Goldsmith jewelry store in Aledo. On that occasion. McRae used a handgun tied the witnesses with tape and fled with cash and jewelry. At the time it was the first armed robbery in the the past 13 years in Aledo.

McRae was paroled on May 7,  2009 after serving seven years for that armed robbery and others in Rock Island County.

McRae was being sought in connection with two home invasions in the Quad Cities.