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Police apprehend wanted child abusers from Illinois

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A 26-year-old Carroll man who is wanted to face charges of child abuse in Illinois was arrested by local law enforcement after a foot chase Tuesday morning.

Raynard Williams was charged last year in Illinois with aggravated battery to a child along with Lamika Wheat, 25, who was also arrested in Carroll Tuesday.

Both allegedly admitted to hitting a child younger than 13 after a school employee discovered scars on the child’s back.

Officers learned that Williams and Wheat were living at Fairview Village Apartments and went there about 11:15 a.m.

They arrested Wheat, but Williams, who “was listed as armed and dangerous,” fled south toward Graham Park, Police Chief Brad Burke said.

At least two people who saw Williams running aided police officers in locating him. Williams was apprehended in the 1000 block of North Clark Street near the park, which is more than a half mile away from the apartment complex.

Williams and Wheat are set to be extradited to Illinois, where they face up to five years in prison each if they are convicted.

It’s unclear how long they had been living in Carroll.

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