Rockford Murder Suspect in Police Custody: Officials

Illinois State Police troopers located Terence Doddy Friday

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    Terence Doddy -- the Rockford man suspected of beating his friend to death, then murdering a woman at a rest stop -- is captured after a high-speed chase. Lauren Jiggetts reports.

    Police have located a Rockford man suspected of killing two people this week and have taken him into custody, officials said.

    Illinois State Police troopers located Terence Doddy late Friday morning, according to ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond.

    Rockford police confirmed Doddy was apprehended on Highway 81 just west of Beloit, Wisconsin.

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    According to Patrick Hoey with the Rockford Police Department, a Rockton police sergeant spotted Doddy around 10:15 a.m. behind an abandoned bar in Rockton, Illinois and called for backup. While the officer was waiting for backup to arrive, Doddy fled the scene, Hoey said.

    About an hour later, an Illinois State Trooper spotted Doddy while patrolling in Beloit and attempted to pull him over. Doddy fled again and was chased around Beloit, back into Illinois and again back toward Beloit, Hoey said.

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    Officers in Beloit managed to end the chase using stop sticks along Highway 81, which caused Doddy to lose control of his vehicle and hit a tree, Hoey said. He was then removed from the vehicle and taken to a hospital in Janesville, Wisconsin for treatment where he is expected to stay overnight.

    "This week people have been on edge, especially when they learned [Doddy] was still in the area," Hoey said. "This should be a day of celebration and time to have with your friends and family and not to worry about this violent murderer on the loose... We're very pleased that that's one less thing we'll have to worry about this weekend."

    Hoey said Doddy will stay remain in the custody of the Rock County Sheriff's office but is expected to be extradited to Illinois.

    A grey Nissan driven by 36-year-old Doddy was spotted near Rockford Thursday night. According to Rockford NBC affiliate WREX, the vehicle was spotted at approximately 7 p.m. northbound on N. Main St. in the area of Gleasman Rd driving at a high rate of speed.

    It's the same vehicle police say Doddy stole from a woman he's accused of killing at a rest stop.

    Police deployed a large amount of manpower to the northern part of Winnebago County and released a surveillance photo of Doddy early Thursday.

    Doddy is a suspect in the Tuesday killing of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman of Monticello at the Willow Creek rest stop on Interstate 39 near Paw Paw, and the beating death of 37-year-old Rockford insurance salesman Todd Hansmeier on Monday.

    Illinois State Police obtained surveillance video showing Doddy at a Rockford area store where they believe he purchased a blue dome-styled camping tent.

    Authorities issued an alert over the holiday weekend along Illinois highways, and believe Doddy -- who is considered to be armed and dangerous -- may have went into hiding.

    Hansmeier, a friend of Doddy's, was found dead of head and neck injuries at a Rockford business that police say was set on fire to cover up the crime.

    Hansmeier's car was later found at the same rest stop where Bargman was killed.

    Surveillance video shows Bargman exiting the rest room and a male attacking her, police said.

    Doddy is believed to have fled in Bargman's vehicle, a grey 2013 Nissan Altima bearing Illinois license plate BARGMN 2. The car has a silver colored "Illini Nissan" decal located at the lower rear bumper.

    Investigators say they have received numerous tips and leads in the case, and urged the public to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions when visiting rest stops, campgrounds and other outdoor areas over the long weekend.