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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.