WEST FRANKFORT – A Benton man will face charges after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed carjacking report in rural West Frankfort Friday afternoon.
Sheriff David Bartoni said the victim’s vehicle, driven by 25-year-old Robert Plumlee II, was spotted by law enforcement in Zeigler. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Plumlee sped away.
He eventually exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot when he was taken into custody by an off-duty Royalton Police Officer and an Illinois State Police K-9 trooper.
Plumlee was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated battery.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Zeigler Police and Royalton Police participated in the search.
An investigation is ongoing by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office.