James Paul Ostino, 30, of 4010 6th Ave., East Moline, has been arrested in connection to an attempted theft that ended with a car crashing into the storefront window of a Moline gas station Tuesday evening.
Mr. Ostino appeared Wednesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court and was charged with theft and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.
Francisco Villagomez, 21, of Moline, said he was looking to pump air into a tire of his girlfriend's car when he stopped at the gas station at 16th Street and Avenue of the Cities around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.Moments after he got out of his running vehicle, a man jumped into the driver's seat and tried to drive away.
At the scene Tuesday, Mr. Villagomez said he leaped into the car and punched the would-be robber several times. The car rolled forward and crashed into a storefront window, with Mr. Villagomez chasingthe would-be thief and detaining him between two gas pumps until police, alerted by a store clerk, arrived.
Mr. Ostino was arrested at the scene. He remained in the Rock Island County Jail Thursday on a $125,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 29.
The gas station remains open, awaiting replacements for the shattered windows, an attendant said Thursday.
Today is Monday, May 20, the 140th day of 2013. There are 225 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A petition is being circulated asking the city council to order awell bored in Market Square. It would be a great accommodation to the public. 1888 -- 125 years ago: At 1 p.m. on May 18 the Mississippi River flooded its banks atRock Island and destroyed the warehouse of the Rock Island Lumber Co. and damagedRock Island Arsenal power plant. Total loss is estimated at $100,000. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Residents of Sough Rock Island Township are circulating apetition favoring the annexation of that area to the City of Rock Island. 1938 -- 75 years ago: A group of state members of the National Grandmothers Clubmeeting in Rock Island are making plans to petition for the observance of a NationalGrandmothers Day. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Deere and Co. reported today that its U.S. and Canadian sales forthe first half of the 1963 fiscal year set an all time record of $323,716.628. 1988 -- 25 years ago: William G. Lawrence, first administrative director, has retired fromPECO Enterprises, Inc. Prior to his service at PECO, Mr. Lawrence was the civilianpersonnel officer at the Rock Island Arsenal.