Moline police are asking the public’s help in locating a man who is wanted on an arrest warrant in connection with a home invasion that started about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
Bryan D. Sharpe, 32, of Moline faces home invasion and several other charges in the incident.
Moline Police Detective Scott Williams said patrol officers responded at 9:06 a.m. to a report of a domestic disturbance on 11th Avenue Court, where a man had forced his way into the home of a former girlfriend about 6:30 a.m.
The woman had recently obtained an emergency order of protection against him. She was supposed to attend a hearing on the protection order at 10 a.m. Thursday. Detectives believe it was the man’s intention to prevent the woman from attending the hearing.
Williams said the man allegedly battered and choked the woman, then held her and her children in the home for several hours. He also broke the woman’s cellphone.
The victim’s family arrived at the home at 9 a.m. and confronted the man, who fought with the victim’s family, injuring one of the children in the process, police said.
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Sharpe is charged with one count of home invasion, a Class X felony under Illinois law that carries a prison sentence of four to 15 years upon conviction. He also is charged with one count of unlawful restraint, a Class 4 felony that carries a prison sentence of one to three years upon conviction.
Sharpe also faces Class A misdemeanor charges of violation of an order of protection and domestic battery. Each of those charges carries a sentence of up to one year in the county jail upon conviction. Bond is set at $300,000.
Sharpe may be driving a 2003 black Honda Element with Illinois license plate P452967, police said.
Anyone with information about Sharpe’s whereabouts is asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500.