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Interstate murder suspect in custody, police say

Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:51:55 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2014 05:48:08 PM CDT

WISC-TV viewer Al LaPorte sent in this video of police pursuing murder suspect Terence Doddy near Beloit Friday morning.

BELOIT, Wis. -

The Beloit Police Department confirmed Terence Doddy, a suspect in two murder cases, was taken into custody Friday morning.

Doddy, 36, of Rockford, is a suspect in the murders of Tonya Bargman, 44, of Monticello, Illinois, and Todd Hansmeier, 37.

Doddy was first spotted in Rockton, Illinois, by a Rockton police sergeant Friday morning. The sergeant spotted the stolen 2013 gray Nissan Doddy was believed to be driving hidden in a wooded area behind a neighborhood bar. The car belonged to Bargman, one of the murder victims.

As the sergeant waited for backup, Doddy drove off, police said.

He was later located near South Beloit, Illinois, by an Illinois state trooper. When the trooper tried to stop him, Doddy drove off, and the trooper followed initiating a pursuit.

The chase involved Illinois State Police, Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies, Beloit, Wisconsin, police, town of Beloit police and Rock County Sheriff's deputies. The pursuit went back and forth over the Wisconsin and Illinois border. At times speeds exceeded 100 mph.

One man, Alex Laporte, captured part of the chase on his cellphone.

"We were just sitting there on the side and we could see him coming. He had almost lost control, actually, coming around the corner," Laporte said.

Beloit police deployed stop sticks, deflating the tires on the stolen car. Doddy lost control and crashed into a tree off Wisconsin Highway 81 near Beloit.

Doddy resisted arrest and police had to use a Taser to get him out of the car. The 36-year-old was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Doddy was connected to Bargman's murder at an Interstate 39 rest stop near Paw Paw, Illinois, police said.

Officials said a rest stop attendant found Bargman at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators said surveillance video showed a woman being attacked by a man as she left a bathroom.

Doddy is also tied to the death of Todd Hansmeier, whose body was found at a Rockford call center on Monday, police said.

A national alert was issued for Doddy earlier this week. Leading up to his arrest, Doddy was spotted multiple times in northern Illinois.

"We had information that he was familiar with the state and the Rockton area and did some recreational activities there," Rockford police Lt. Pat Hoey said. "I think most people, when you're scared and feeling alone, you go back to home and where you're feeling comfortable. Who knows what was going through his mind that led him to be on the run for so long."

The Rock County Sheriff's Office will investigate the accident portion of the event. Doddy will face the following charges: operating while intoxicated (first offense), operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, fugitive complaint for homicide and aggravated domestic battery for Rockford police.

Illinois State Police released the following statement:

"The cooperative effort and fast response of our District 16 troopers, Zone investigators and police partners in Winnebago, Rockford, Rock Island, and Beloit should be recognized as solid police work. Our thoughts are with the grieving families who have lost their loved ones and our hope is that this arrest will bring some closure to their pain," ISP Director Hiram Grau said.

A court date for Doddy is pending.

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