It could be a while before the two Rock Falls men wanted for attempted murder in an April hit-and-run see Whiteside County court.
Both men were arrested this week in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a tip alerted police to their whereabouts – Dayton J. Hicks, 19, on Monday, and Jorden Johnson, 22, on Wednesday. They were being held Thursday in Neuces County Jail.
The two men are wanted in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left 20-year-old Sterling resident Jacob Carr seriously injured.
Before Hicks and Johnson will appear in Whiteside County court, they must be extradited – a process that could take months, Whiteside County Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi said.
First, they have to appear in court in Neuces County, where they will be given the choice to voluntarily return to Whiteside County or to fight extradition. If they choose the latter, the Whiteside County Sheriff's Department will have to petition Gov. Pat Quinn to petition Texas Gov. Rick Perry to override their refusal and issue a governor's warrant.
"A lot of the problem with that is that, sometimes, it takes 30 to 60 days before a governor’s warrant is issued," Wilhelmi said.
Daniel Perez, assistant chief deputy of the Neuces County Sheriff's Department, said that neither of the men had yet been scheduled to appear in court in Neuces County. He, too, said it would be a slow process.
Carlos Alvarado, U.S. Marshal supervisory agent in charge, told a Corpus Christi television station that Johnson was a member of the Latin Kings gang. He did not detail what connection Johnson has to Corpus Christi.
Sterling Detective J.D. Sanders declined to say Thursday whether the incident was gang-related.
Carr was found lying in the 300 block of West Fifth Street about 12:30 a.m. April 2. Police are unsure how long he was there before he was found, but have said it could have been as long as an hour. The Sterling man was then flown to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He has since been released, though his recovery has been slow. His family has declined to discuss his injuries.
Two other Whiteside County residents also are charged in the case: Kristin L. Alumbaugh, 21, of Sterling, and Dylan Goodell, 21, of Rock Falls, are charged with obstruction of justice.