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Georgetown suspected hotel fugitives arrested

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Mugshot of Johnson and Evans

Jordan E. Johnson, 28, of Sterling and Latisha Desiree Evans, 20, of Rock Falls

Suspected murderers Jordan E. Johnson, 28, of Sterling and Latisha Desiree Evans, 20, of Rock Falls were arrested Friday morning in Sterling, Illinois by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

The two are fugitives in the Rodeway Inn incident on June 28 where 66-year-old Jack Kendree Jr, was found bludgeoned to death in his room, where the two were staying, and critically injuring a woman who was staying with him. The woman was found bleeding outside the room.

Kendree's body was found in his room the morning of the June 29th - on Johnson's 28th birthday. It was determined later that Kendree died of blunt force trauma to the head as a bloody wrench was found in the nearby room Evans and Johnson were renting, according to the Georgetown police incident report. 

Kendree's Ford Taurus was found July 4 east of Harmon, where it had been set on fire.

It has been nearly three weeks since that day.

They are charged in Georgetown County with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and grand larceny. 

According to Lee County reports, the task force focused on their apprehension included members from the Lee and Whiteside County sheriffs departments, Sterling, Dixon and Rock Falls police departments and state police.

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Depending on the circumstances, anyone who might have been helping the two hide could be subject to felony charges involving harboring a fugitive, aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice, Lee County Sheriff John Simonton said in a news release.
There's no word yet on whether any such arrests have been made or are pending.
Johnson has an extensive felony history and is also wanted in Whiteside County, where a man was stabbed in an argument after a party on Aug. 17.
He is charged with being a felon using or possessing a weapon, punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison, and four counts of aggravated battery, punishable by 2 to 5 years, according to reports.

They have been transported to Whiteside County where they are being held on a detainer from South Carolina.

Kathleen Schultz from Sauk Valley attributed to this story.


Kareem Wilson covers health for the Georgetown and Myrtle Beach area for the Georgetown Times. He previously covered entertainment and community news for the Charlotte Post in Charlotte, NC.

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