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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Brian Potts arrested near Harrisburg

  • The Saline County Sheriff’s Office with the aid of the ILEAS Tactical Team arrested a man Sunday morning sought since a domestic violence report Thursday afternoon in Equality.
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  • The Saline County Sheriff’s Office with the aid of the ILEAS Tactical Team arrested a man Sunday morning sought since a domestic violence report Thursday afternoon in Equality.
    Law enforcement arrested Brian Karl Potts, 39, 172 Dutton Chapel Road, Golconda, 6 a.m. Sept. 29 on charges of failure to appear, possession of a weapon by a felon and violation of parole. He remains held at the Saline County Detention Center without bond.
    At 11 p.m. on Saturday, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, received a tip that Potts, was seen earlier that day entering a residence located at 1290 state Route 145 South, just outside of Harrisburg, according to a press release from Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown.
    Potts was wanted on a Saline County warrant for failure to appear on a speeding violation and for an Illinois parole violation warrant. Saline County deputies and Harrisburg Police officers arrived at the residence and spoke with the resident. The resident informed the officers that Potts was inside the residence and was armed with a hand gun, according to the release.
    The area around the residence was secured and the ILEAS Tactical Team was requested to assist in the search of the residence for Potts.
    At 5:45 a.m. the ILEAS tactical team made entry into the residence and arrested Potts, recovering a handgun and ammunition, according to the release.
    There could be additional charges stemming from Gallatin County. Beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday a woman left a trailer at the north end of McDuffy Street and called Equality Police stating Potts was inside, high on meth, violent and armed, according to Gallatin County Sheriff Shannon Bradley. The woman had what appeared to be a broken finger and dried blood in her hair and was taken by family to Harrisburg Medical Center.
    Equality Police were on the scene near the trailer within three minutes of the woman’s call and law enforcement surrounded the trailer until well into the night when they entered to find no one was home, Bradley said. He believes Potts fled out a back door immediately after the woman left the trailer.
    Gallatin County School was in lock down Friday as police tried to locate Potts.

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