WILLIAMSON COUNTY (NewsFirst) — Suspect Hides In Victim’s Bedroom Armed With A Knife. Holds Victim Captive Overnight Before Leading Deputies On Pursuit – Suspect In Custody

Williamson County, Illinois – On February 18, 2024, at 0911 hours, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the report of a Domestic Battery in rural Cambria.

Upon arrival, Deputies discovered that a female had arrived home at approximately 1600 hours yesterday to discover a male subject, identified as Larry D. Parsons, hiding in her bedroom.

Parsons is the subject of an order of protection prohibiting him from having contact with the victim or the address of her residence.

Parsons was armed with a knife, threatened to kill the victim, struck her in the head with a metal object, and held her captive until she was able to escape early this morning.

Parsons told the victim, “We’re both going to die tonight”.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the victims location where she was able to report the incident and receive medical treatment.

Deputies then traveled to the victims residence to confirm Parsons had departed. As Deputies arrived they observed Parsons loading the victims belongings into his vehicle. Deputies attempted to apprehend Parsons who successfully fled from the scene leading Deputies on a pursuit.

Parsons traveled through Cambria at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle. Pearson’s vehicle struck multiple utility poles, rolled over, and came to rest in a ditch.

The utility poles were sheared in half and utility lines were down.

Parsons was extricated from the vehicle using the “jaws of life” to cut him out of the badly damaged vehicle.

Parsons was arrested and transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

Parsons was cited for the following:

Aggravated Unlawful Restraint

Violation of Order of Protection

Domestic Battery

Interference With The Reporting of Domestic Violence

Criminal Trespass to a Residence

Residential Burglary

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding

Resisting Obstructing a Peace Officer

Reckless Conduct

Reckless Driving

Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident

Disobeying Stop Sign

Failure to Signal When Required

Improper Lane Usage

Operating Uninsured Vehicle

Parsons is known to Deputies through prior law enforcement contact to have a history of violence toward Deputies and has previously attempted to flee.

Upon being medically cleared from the hospital Parsons will be transported to and remanded into the custody of the Williamson County Jail.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Energy Police Department, Cambria Fire Department, Cambria Police Department, Carterville Fire/EMS, Carterville Police Department, Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson, and the Illinois State Police for their assistance.

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