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02 July 2008 :: 14:07:34 pm 29099

Police Arrest Illinois Man Suspected In 8 Murders

An intense manhunt for the "armed and dangerous" suspect in a murderous rampage that claimed eight lives across Illinois and into Missouri concluded quietly Tuesday night when Nicholas Troy Sheley stepped outside a bar to smoke and was taken into custody by police in the southwest Illinois town of Granite City.
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The arrest ended a day of alarm in the Midwest as police in Rock Falls, Ill., investigated the killings of two men, a woman and a child, while police in Festus, Mo., tried to make sense of the bloody slayings of a visiting couple from Arkansas. Also killed in the spree were men in the western Illinois towns of Sterling and Galesburg.

At about 7 p.m., a disheveled Sheley happened into a nearly empty Granite City tavern called Bindy’s that is frequented by off-duty police, said Bill Watson, 55, the bar owner. Sheley looked nervous, disoriented and shaky, Watson said, “not our usual clientele.”

Two regular customers?Gary Range and Samantha Butler?and bartender Jennifer Lloyd immediately recognized him, said Watson, who also was in the bar. Just before Sheley arrived, they had been watching television coverage of the slayings that featured Sheley’s mug shot, Watson said.

Afraid of alerting Sheley that they knew who he was, Range quietly stepped outside and flagged down nearby police officers, who were searching for the suspect, Watson said. Soon after Range returned, Sheley tried to light a cigarette and was sent outside to smoke.

“That’s the first time the smoking law [has] done us any good,” Watson said. “He went outside to smoke, and that’s when the police caught him.”

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