Armed, dangerous felon in Springfield manhunt caught

Patrick Norris Butler, 33, of Springfield is facing charges including possession of meth, aggravated fleeing and eluding, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and felony driving on a revoked license. (Christian County Sheriff's Office)

The Springfield manhunt is over.

Patrick Butler, 33, is now in custody in the Christian County Jail, accused of leading police on several police chases since Tuesday.

Patrick Butler was captured on Halloween night after a four-hour manhunt in Christian County.

He's now behind bars, being held with bond set at $100,000.

“Wow I didn't think there would be a manhunt going on during Halloween,” Kincaid resident Zachary Norrissey said.

Kincaid police said Butler had been on a crime spree all week.

“I'm glad he's off the street, I'm glad no police got hurt, I'm glad no citizens got hurt,” Kincaid Police Chief, Dwayne Wheeler said.

Officers conducted a traffic stop around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Kincaid. After running a license plate check, the vehicle came back stolen with a warning to police.

“This person is armed and dangerous and also, he might harm the police,” Chief Wheeler said.

“I knew there could be some things like that going on in this town, but not somebody that's wanted for something really bad,” Norrissey said.

Kincaid police called for backup and chased butler into Tovey, Illinois.

“We got a phone call from U.S. Marshals. They said they were en route, they had been looking for him then we got a phone call from state police they'd been looking for him,” Chief Wheeler said.

Some parents said although the suspect is behind bars, it's still concerning to know all this happened on Halloween night.

“That guy could've done more harm to them or anybody else's kids. I just feel like it's great he's off the streets now,” Norrissey said.

During Patrick Butler's bond hearing Thursday morning, investigators said Butler had several warrants for his arrest, including in Sangamon County and Logan County.

He's due back in court Friday morning.

Butler is from Springfield. He's facing a slew of charges including possession of meth, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

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