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Fugitives Captured in Wisconsin

Task Force tracks down couple in Wisconsin



    Canine units scour Western Springs for two fugitives suspected of a hit-and-run on an Illinois state trooper. (Published Tuesday, April 6, 2010)

    A man and woman on a multi-state crime spree who were considered "armed and dangerous" have been captured by a fugitive task force in Wisconsin. The couple was wanted for an attempted hit-and-run involving an Illinois State Trooper on Monday.

    A tip from investigators in Chicago led police to Bristol, Wisconsin, where Cory Mathew Wolf, 31, and Brittany Thomas, 24, were arrested around 7:30 p.m.Tuesday.  

    For most of the day, Western Springs schools were on "soft lockdown" as the police from Western Springs, the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the Cook County Forest Preserve and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force searched for the couple near the Bemis Forest Preserve.

    "You are frightened, especially when you have children and they are alarmed too," parent Jan Miller said.  "They just said to get out as fast as you can and not stop for anything."

    The search for the couple began around 2:30 a.m. after a police officer found an abandoned Ford F-150 pick-up truck that was stolen by Wolf and Thomas early Tuesday near the 1300 block of Hillgrove Avenue.

    Illinois State Police had been looking for Wolf and Thompson and the truck since Monday after the hit-and-run incident at a rest area in Bloomington.