HARRISBURG – A Harrisburg man was arrested Monday afternoon after Harrisburg Police responded to a report of a suspicious man wearing a blue T-shirt riding a bicycle and looking in vehicle windows in the Tractor Supply Company parking lot on North Commercial.
Terry L. Smith of Harrisburg, 43 years old, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Saline County for failure to appear and then transported to the Saline County Detention Center.
Officers went to the scene and found the man matching the description in that area. When officers attempted to contact the man, he avoided them by crossing several fields. Officers located the man fleeing on foot into the wooded area behind J. Bacher Jewelry.
Officers set a perimeter around the wooded area and began searching for the man. He eventually informed searching officers that he was armed and to back away or he would harm himself. Officers then established a dialogue with him, and after a little more than an hour, convinced him to surrender. The man came out of the woods and was detained.
Several agencies assisted including the Saline County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police and the Marion Police Department K9 Unit.