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Gun recovered from car recovered after Streator manhunt

Police disclosed a finding from the Monday incident that resulted in the arrest of two Streator residents: A firearm was recovered from inside the stolen car.

Hours after Leroy E. Persinger, 29, and Nancy M. Newell, 51, were ordered held Tuesday on felony charges, La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said Ottawa police recovered a revolver from the recovered stolen vehicle.

“As I stated earlier, this further indicates the dangers faced by law enforcement officers as they go about their duties,” Templeton said, commending all the agencies involved in the manhunt.

Neither Persinger nor Newell has been charged with possession or use of a firearm, though an earlier press release from Templeton’s office suggested Newell may have had it or feigned having one during a critical moment when Persinger allegedly resisted a sheriff’s deputy.

During the fight with the deputy, Persinger repeatedly told Newell to "get him," according to a press release. Newell, the release stated, “began to approach the deputy and reached her hand into her waistband.”

To date, however, there has been no indication that the sheriff’s deputy saw a firearm or that Newell brandished one.

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