Tennessee Man Charged After Trying to Break into School Property, Fleeing Across I-70

Willie M. Russell

A 39-year-old fugitive from Tennessee has been charged with theft and resisting arrest in Wentzville following an incident on June 20 of this year.

According to court documents, Willie M. Russell, 39, attempted to break into a shed on the grounds of Wentzville Middle School, but left the area when he realized he’d been seen. When police approached him, he fled on foot across Interstate 70 and was eventually apprehended near Wilmer Road.

He was found with a stolen employee I.D. card, a debit card, and other items.

Russell was charged with one felony count of stealing, one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, and one misdemeanor count of property damage.

Bond was set at $10,000, cash only, 10 percent not authorized.

Police learned that Russell was on probation in Tennessee for failure to register as a sex offender and that he had removed a monitoring device, prompting an additional charge of Fugitive From Out Of State, a felony. Bond for that charge was set at $20,000, but a St. Charles County circuit court judge ordered Russell held without bond pending an extradition hearing.