An attempted murder suspect from LaSalle County, Ill., was caught Monday night in Bettendorf after a traffic stop.
Local police were notified that Richard M. Felton, 28, of Tonica, Ill., who was wanted on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, was possibly in Bettendorf.
Bettendorf police spotted the suspect vehicle driving in traffic about 9:40 p.m., Capt. Keith Kimball said.
The vehicle was stopped at a red light at the intersection of 18th and State streets. It was driven by a female with Felton as a passenger, Kimball said.
Police pulled the vehicle over and identified the passenger as Felton, Kimball said.
He was taken into custody and eventually transported to the Scott County Jail to be extradited back to LaSalle County to face charges.
Felton is accused of shooting a man in the face Sunday, causing the victim to fall from the Sandy Ford Bridge into the Vermilion River, east of Leonore, Ill.
The victim, Jeremy Wade, 28, of Grand Ridge, Ill., was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Streator, Ill., by Grand Ridge ambulance after the call at 11:02 p.m. He was later transferred to OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria where he remains in critical condition.
Wade told deputies Felton shot him in the face and Wade then fell from the bridge, Kimball said. Wade was able to crawl out of the river and make his way to a nearby farm and LaSalle County Sheriff's deputies were notified.
Attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm are both Class X felonies.