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UPDATE 10:27AM: 28-year-old Richard M. Felton of Tonica was apprehended overnight by authorities in Bettendorf, Iowa after an arrest warrant for the charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm was issued late Sunday night. Felton was taken in to custody by the FBI/Quad Cities Fugitive Task Force and Bettendorf police and remains in custody in Iowa Pending an extradition hearing.
Original Story: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 28-year-old Richard M. Felton of Tonica. Felton is wanted on the charge of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm after he allegedly shot 28-year-old Jeremy Wade of Grand Ridge in the face at the Sandy Ford Bridge east of Leonore late Sunday night. Wade told authorities at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator that he met Felton before he was shot in the face, knocked off the bridge and fell into the Vermillion River. Wade has since been transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria and remains in critical condition. Richard Felton is described by officials as a black male, age 28, 6'1" 170lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is still at large and considered extremely dangerous and authorities urge anyone with information on Felton's location to contact the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office or your local police or Crimestoppers.
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