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Man arrested for hijacking a vehicle

Five other charges levied after Feb. 9 incident in Stillman Valley

A Richton Park man has been arrested on six charges, including vehicular hijacking and aggravated robbery, following a Feb. 9 incident in Stillman Valley.

William Silas, 18, is in the Ogle County Jail after being arrested for vehicular hijacking, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated assault and driving while license suspended.

He was arrested at approximately 9:40 p.m. after sheriff deputies responded to an address in Stillman Valley after receiving a report of a vehicular hijacking with a weapon.

On Tuesday, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said Silas displayed a handgun during the incident. He said the victim of the hijacking was not hurt.

“An Illinois State Trooper saw Silas fleeing from the vehicle afterwards. A K9 did a track of Silas. The incident did occur at a residence,” VanVickle said.

Silas did make an initial court appearance, but was held with no bond and will make another court appearance next week, VanVickle said.

Deputies conducted a lengthy investigation with the assistance of the Ogle County K9, Illinois State Police, Rockford Police and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.