The North Platte inmate who has eluded law enforcement officers since Thursday afternoon has finally been apprehended in Illinois.
A representative from the Grundy County Detention Center confirms that 42-year-old Troy O’Brien was arrested on Monday and is facing charges in Illinois of: Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Driving Under Suspension.
O’Brien escaped from work detail in North Platte on Thursday and stole a maintenance worker’s vehicle, where he fled with 27-year-old Melissa Sancillo. The two were spotted in Bridgeport Thursday night, and authorities attempted to stop the vehicle.
After refusing to stop and driving south on Highway 385, they then drove into a field, and the two took off on foot. The vehicle that was recovered in the field was the vehicle stolen in North Platte.
On Friday night, the duo stole a Lincoln Town Car from a home south of Bridgeport, and on Monday the car recovered in Minooka, Illinois. Sancillo was taken into custody, but O’Brien once again was able to elude authorities after fleeing in another cornfield. He was finally apprehended later in the day and those Illinois charges were filed against him.
Authorities in Lincoln County said that the pair were arrested originally for driving a stolen vehicle from Indiana. Sancillo was released earlier Thursday and O’Brien was just hours away from his scheduled release.