Nabbed at West Stockbridge motel, fugitive heading back to Illinois


GREAT BARRINGTON — A fugitive from Illinois will be returned to that state after being corralled by police recently in a West Stockbridge motel.

William Mackinnon, 47, of Wheaton, Ill., was wanted on charges of threatening a police officer and making threats of physical harm by telephone, according to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

After he failed to appear in court, a warrant for his arrest was issued and he charged with being a fugitive from justice in that state.

Illinois State Police alerted West Stockbridge police on Sept. 23 that Mackinnon was at that time renting a room at the Pleasant Valley Motel on Stockbridge Road, according to documents filed in Southern Berkshire District Court.

West Stockbridge Officer-In-Charge Francis Murphy and three other West Stockbridge officers, as well as two state troopers, descended on the motel about 4:15 p.m. Mackinnon surrendered without incident.

At Mackinnon's request, Murphy retrieved Mackinnon's wallet and cellphone from the room.

And before he was cuffed, the suspect handed Murphy his credit card and asked him to "settle up" with the manager of the motel for the rest of the month. Murphy obliged.

Judge Michelle Rooke on Thursday dismissed Mackinnon's local charge of being a fugitive from justice, clearing the way for his return to Illinois.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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