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Air Search Aids Officers In Capture Of Escapee
CAUGHT: Deputy David Dunn (left) and Greenville Chief of Police
Lou Lorton lead a man out of a corn field who was the subject
of a manhunt Thursday morning in the southeast part of Greenville.
BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Two powered parachutes were used to search a
corn field for a man wanted by police. The pilots located the
man and hovered over him until he could be reached by police.
Roger Bean, of Wisconsin, is pictured here searching the field.
Roy Beisswenger, owner of Easy Flight of Greenville, was the first
powered parachute pilot to spot the suspect.
It took police officers from three agencies and two powered parachute
aircrafts to find a man in a cornfield Friday morning, but they
got their man.
George Batista, 38, was taken into custody about 9:40 a.m. after
pilots of the powered parachutes found him in the field along
South Elm street in Greenville. Batista was the subject of a search
after he and another man were stopped by a Bond county deputy
Friday night in the vicinity of Interstate 70 and Illinosi Rt.
127 Thursday night.
The passenger, William De-Jesus, 34, Tampa, Fla., remained in
the vehicle, however Batista fled on foot. Officers from the sheriffs
department, Greenville police and the Greenville canine unit searched
the area for Batista for several hours before deciding to end
the search about 2:30 a.m. Friday.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., police received word that a person
was seen in the area around GrandPas. Officers rushed to the
When they arrived, they learned Greenville public works employees
had seen the man and he fled into a cornfield/wooded area between
Route 40 and Bowman Industrial Drive.
That area was surrounded sheriffs deputies, Greenville police,
the public works employees and Illinois State Police troopers.
The canine unit was also sent to the scene.
Police decided that the best way to search the field and woods
would be from the air. A call to the Greenville Airport resulted
in Roy Beisswenger and Roger Bean flying to the area in their
After flying the field and woods approximately 20 minutes, Beisswenger
sighted Batista in the cornfield, only 10 to 15 feet from Elm
street. Police and a city employee rushed to the area and took
Batista into custody.
The wanted man was lying on the ground. Greenville Police Chief
Lou Lorton said Batista remained on the ground and said nothing.
He was walked out of the field and given his Miranda rights.
Police knew by the time they arrested Batista that the car he
had allegedly been driving was stolen. Batista appeared in court
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