Arrest made in assault on Moline officer

An East Moline man wanted in connection with an assault on a Moline Police officer earlier this month was arrested Sunday in Scott County.

Austin Dean Clenney, 20, last known address in the 600 block of Mansur Avenue, was booked into the Scott County Jail just before 10 p.m. Sunday on a Rock Island County warrant.

He also was booked on a misdemeanor charge of interference with official acts. According to online records, he was released from the jail at 9:23 a.m. and was taken into custody by Rock Island County.

According to the Moline Police Department:

Around 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3, officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of 18th Avenue A for a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The first officer on scene located the car, a 2010 Honda sedan. The officer then began talking to the driver, Clenney, and his passenger, Mario Pena, also 20, of East Moline.

Clenney and the officer began struggling and they both went to the ground. The officer was injured during the struggle and Clenney was able to break free and flee in the vehicle.

Pena fled the scene on foot but was soon captured.

The officer, who has not been identified, was taken to Trinity Rock Island for treatment and later released.

Pena was wanted on a warrant for a charge of mob action out of Waukegan, Illinois, and was taken to the Rock Island County Jail to await transfer back to the Lake County Jail.

A $75,000 arrest warrant for aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated assault was issued for Clenney, according to police.

Clenney was arrested Sunday night in Eldridge.

According to an arrest affidavit, Eldridge police responded to a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of East Iowa street around 7:43 p.m.

Officers approached the driver side window and two people fled on foot and ran in different directions, according to the affidavit.

Clenney ran northwest toward a hotel. A desk clerk said she saw a Hispanic man enter through the back door on the west side of the building and banged on the door of one of the rooms and was let in by the occupant, according to the affidavit.

Several attempts were made to contact the occupant of the room; entry was eventually made and Clenney was found hiding in the bathroom shower, according to the affidavit.

His girlfriend and a family member later said that he admitted that police were trying to locate him and that he requested their assistance in concealing him, according to the affidavit.

--Tara Becker

Man sentenced to prison in robbery, arson cases 

A Davenport man charged in connection with an armed robbery and two vehicle fires has been sentenced to prison in three separate cases.

John Kevin Gilmartin, 19, was sentenced Nov. 9 to up to 10 years each on charges of first-degree theft and second-degree arson, and up to five years in prison on a charge of second-degree theft.

Judge Mark Smith ordered the sentences to run concurrently, or at the same time.

Gilmartin pleaded guilty to the charges in September. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed additional charges of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, second-degree arson, second-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree burglary at sentencing.

According to court documents:

At 1:15 a.m. Dec. 24, police and fire fighters responded to the 2000 block of East 14th Street where a 2006 Dodge van was on fire.

The vehicle was stolen the day before in Davenport. In a Facebook message to the owner, Gilmartin admitted to stealing the vehicle and that it was set on fire.

At 2:50 a.m. May 20, Gilmartin entered an unoccupied 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 3600 block of West Kimberly Road and intentionally set fire to it. He was seen on video surveillance getting into the vehicle.

Earlier that day, he took a box of ice cream bars and a sandwich from Walmart, 2101 W. Kimberly Road, without paying for the items.

At 11:19 p.m. May 29, police were called about an armed robbery that occurred in the Village of East Davenport. In an interview with police, Gilmartin said he and his co-defendants were armed with handguns and stole a person's cellphone and tried to steal the person's vehicle.

He and co-defendants, Dante N. Garth, 18, Tyrone A. Smith, 21, and Marlon K. Martin Jr., 19, all of Davenport, conspired to commit the robbery of two people for their property and all had knowledge of the robbery prior to it happening. Gilmartin was positively identified during a photo line-up, according to police.

Garth pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony and was placed on two years of probation earlier this month.

Smith pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and will be sentenced Friday.

Martin also pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and was slated to be sentenced Nov. 3. However, the hearing was continued and his pretrial release was revoked after his arrest on drug and domestic battery charges in Rock Island County, according to court documents.

--Tara Becker


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