Two fugitives from California who were seen in Lancaster early last week were arrested outside Galena after a police standoff last week.
Crystal L. McLaughlin, 32, and Andrew J. Cummings, 27, both of Phelan, Calif., were arrested in woods near the Grant Hills Motel on U.S. 20 east of Galena Wednesday before 6 a.m.
Cummings was charged in Jo Daviess County District Court Thursday with four counts of aggravated battery and two counts of resisting a police officer, while McLaughlin was charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of resisting a police officer. Both are in the Jo Daviess County Jail on $1 million bond.
A preliminary hearing will be held May 25.
McLaughlin and Cummings reportedly were wanted in San Bernardino County, Calif., on felony charges. The two were reportedly seen in Lancaster May 2, but took off from Grant County deputies, who didn’t pursue them because they were wanted on non-extraditable warrants, Sheriff Nate Dreckman told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.
Two police officers were injured during the arrest. Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Craig Ketelsen was hit by the stolen pickup truck Cummings was driving, and Warren, Ill., police Sgt. Lucas Barker was dragged for a short distance by the truck.
Ketelsen and Barker were treated and released from Midwest Medical Center in Galena.
According to court records, Cummings was charged in California with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of aggravated battery and felon possession of a weapon. McLaughlin was charged in California with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Grant County and Iowa County sheriff’s deputies and Dubuque police assisted Jo Daviess County sheriff’s deputies with the arrests.