Deputies And K-9 Arrest Wanted Man

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A Butler man who was convicted on two felonies three weeks ago, and wanted on another warrant less than a week later was arrested at his home shortly after midnight on Friday morning, Feb. 21, thanks to the help of police dog Flex.

Mackenzie Rhodes, 42, of Butler, was wanted on an active warrant for an alleged felony theft of diesel fuel.  He is also awaiting sentencing on felony possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of a firearm by a felon, crimes he was convicted of in a jury trial that concluded in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Jan. 29. 

Law enforcement had been actively pursing Rhodes since the warrant was issued on Feb. 5 with no success, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins.  That changed when deputies went to Rhodes’ house and made contact with a female inside by telephone.  The Litchfield Police Department and Illinois State Police assisted.

At about 12:50 a.m., a deputy persuaded the female and another male inside the house to come outside.  Both confirmed that Rhodes was inside, refusing to exit.

“The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office K-9 handler released his K-9, Flex, into the home to introduce Flex to Mr. Rhodes,” Sheriff Robbins said.  “As Flex began the search of the residence, Rhodes began to scream and surrendered to law enforcement.”

“I commend the law enforcement on the scene with their patience and use of tactics,” the sheriff continued.  “The deputies took their time and dealt with an incident that ended with a subject in custody with no injuries.  They utilized the training that has been provided to them to negotiate and appropriately utilize the K-9.”

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