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19-year-old arrested in April hit-and-run

Rock Falls man charged with attempted murder; second suspect still sought

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – One of two Rock Falls men wanted in a hit-and-run that left a Sterling man critically injured was arrested Monday morning in Corpus Christi, Texas, and charged with attempted murder.

Dayton J. Hicks, 19 was found after a tip on his whereabouts came in this morning, Sterling police said in a news release Monday afternoon.

Hicks, on 2 years’ probation for a March conviction of consumption of alcohol as a minor, also was charged with a probation violation.

Jorden E. Johnson, 22, still is being sought.

Jacob Carr, 20, was found injured and unresponsive in the 300 block of West Fifth Street about 12:30 a.m. April 2. He might have been lying there for an hour, police said.

Carr was flown to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was listed in critical condition. He has since been released, and his recovery has been a very slow process. His family has declined to talk about his injuries at this point.

In March 2010, Johnson pleaded guilty in Whiteside County Court to burglary and was sentenced to 4 years’ probation. He was convicted of residential burglary in June 2011 and sentenced to 6 years, but was diverted to boot camp.

In July 2012, he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in a public place; he was sentenced to 3 years. He also has a handful of misdemeanor convictions in Lee and Whiteside counties involving theft, illegal consumption of alcohol, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two more Whiteside County residents are also being charged in connection with the crime.

Kristin L. Alumbaugh, 21, of Sterling, who was wanted for obstruction of justice in the incident, turned herself in to Sterling police on July 2. Dylan Goodell, 21, was arrested at his Rock Falls home the next day, also on a charge of obstructing justice. Both have since posted bond.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 815-632-6640 or Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867.

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