BREAKING: 17 year old kidnapped at a Gas Station in Springfield, Illinois; Suspect in custody and the woman is safe

Officers located a suspect wanted for aggravated vehicular hijacking and armed robbery on Fairmont Dr and E. Griffiths St., in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, around 10:00 p.m., a black male suspect, armed with a handgun, kidnapped a 17 year old girl in her vehicle – a white Chrysler Sebring. The aggravated vehicular hijacking occurred at Thorntons Gas Station located at 3001 Wabash Ave.

Shortly, after the aggravated vehicular hijacking, an armed robbery was reported at the Circle K gas station located at 2700 Adlai Stevenson Dr. Initial reports didn’t indicate that the gas station was robbed, but that it may have been individuals who were at or near the gas station. The suspect in this armed robbery was also described as a black male, wearing a dirty white t-shirt, dark grey sweat pants, armed with a black handgun, and driving a white Chrysler Sebring.

After a description of the suspect and vehicle used in this armed robbery was provided through dispatch, an officer spotted the white Sebring on W. Hazel Dell Road near the University of Illinois at Springfield. When the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the suspect fled the area at a high rate of speed – up to 90 miles per hour. Due to safety and the vehicle speed, Springfield Police Officers were ordered to stop pursuing the suspect.

With the assistance of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and University of Illinois Police, the vehicle was located on Fairmont Dr. and E. Griffiths Ave. The suspect was taken into custody and the 17 year old girl was reported as safe.

Initial reports indicated that the suspect involved in the aggravated vehicular hijacking at Thorntons Gas Station and the armed robbery reported at the Circle K gas station was the same suspect.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates to this developing story.

Fights, Shootings, Drinking Outside of Bars, No Face Masks – Why so hard on the Wet Bar? (VIDEOS)

(Left) Two women attack a third woman outside of the Dirty South Bar, (Middle) A man is shot in the arm at the Elks Lodge (Right) A fight occurs outside of the Alamo Sports Bar in Downtown Springfield

Springfield, Illinois – A Downtown Springfield Bar owner, who’s liquor license has been suspended until further notice, says he feels singled out after pictures and videos have emerged from other incidents at other Springfield Bars.

Yatti Ely, the owner of the Wet Bar in Downtown Springfield, attended a hearing this week after his liquor license was suspended by Springfield Mayor, Jim Langfelder. We spoke with Ely regarding the hearing and he told us that his three count complaint against him was reduced down to only two complaints. One for patrons leaving the bar with alcoholic drinks and another for not having tables for patrons to sit at.

Ely’s liquor license was suspended after attention was focused on his bar because of a fight that resulted in 32 year old Dearius Jones being fatally shot and another male victim being stabbed. In the complaint, the city alleges that Jones was fatally shot in front of the Wet Bar, something that Ely vehmetly denies. “I have cameras that face the front of my bar and he wasn’t shot in the front of my bar.”

Ely said although Jones wasn’t shot in front of his bar, he provided Springfield Police Detectives video from his surveillance cameras after they requested it. “Trying to be helpful,” Ely said. But once Detectives received the video, the city used it against Ely during his liquor license hearing, which Ely says “I feel like it was a set up because I provided them with the video.”

When we asked Ely, who is the only downtown black bar owner, about his liquor license suspension hearing, he said he questioned if he was a white man, would he be sanctioned this hard? “With this being my first liquor offense, this my first COVID offense, you guys came awfully hard on me. And not only that, but for me not having any violations in the past three years, why are you coming so hard on me?”

Surveillance Screenshot of the Inside of the Wet Bar at 1:01 a.m., (Time Stamp says 12:01, but according to Ely the surveillance system doesn’t acknowledge day lights savings time). Bottom of the bar is empty, while upstairs of the bar has a few patrons.

Ely said an officer did come by and visit his bar before opening that night, and he told the officer that he didn’t have tables for the bar patrons to sit at, but an “officer told me that’s fine just as long as everyone wear masks.”

As far as the alcoholic drinks going outside of the Wet Bar, Ely said his employees tries to monitor that, but you can’t always stop everyone.

The Wet Bar hasn’t been the only Bar that has had problems. Photos and videos, which was provided to us anonymously, shows the Alamo Sports Bar, this past weekend with a large crowd, no masks, a patron with a beer bottle outside of the bar, and a fight that occurred outside.

(Photo to the right is of a bar patron holding and drinking a beer outside of the bar)

Video of a fight outside the Alamo

At this time, the Alamo, which is located three blocks down from the Wet Bar, has yet had to face similar sanctions as the Wet Bar.

Two other Springfield Bars have also had similar problems. The Elks Lodge, located at 1809 E. Brown St., and the Dirty South, located at 1231 E Cook St,

On September 6, 2020 around 3:15 a.m., a man was shot in the arm, while standing outside of the Elks Lodge during a large gathering.

Also that night, a woman was attacked by patrons at another bar – the Dirty South. The woman, who is a State of Illinois employee, sustained serious injuries that resulted in her being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at a local Springfield Hospital. According to family members of the Woman, she sustained bleeding on her brain, scarred knees and severe face and eye injury as a result of getting kicked numerous times in the face (Video below this paragraph). Two suspects, who was kicking the woman, was identified to Springfield Police as Mylisha Davis and Lakeia Crawford. Both women have not been charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office at this time.

Video of a woman being attacked outside of the Dirty South on September 6, 2020.

The Elks Lodge and the Dirty South, which are on the East Side of town, has not had to face similar sanctions as the Wet Bar.

So we have to ask – Fights, Shootings, Drinking Outside of Bars, No Face Masks – Why so hard on the Wet Bar? Yet, while we wonder why the City has taken a drastic measure against the Wet Bar, Ely is wondering when or even if, he will have a bar to go back to?

*The City was not available for comment.

Victim in Converse Ave Homicide identified as 21 year old Springfield Man

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, around 10:46 a.m., Springfield Police responded to the 2000 block of E. Converse Ave., after a caller reported to police that a black male, who did not appear to be breathing, was in the callers back yard. The caller did not know who the man was.

Paramedics, who were the first on the scene, advised that the man was dead. The man, who had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, was identified as 21 year old Daudoe Davis.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates.

BREAKING: Man found dead on E. Converse Ave; Now being investigated as a homicide

2000 block of E. Converse Ave.

Springfield, Illinois – Around 10:46 a.m., today, Springfield Police responded to the 2000 block of E. Converse Ave., after a caller reported to police that a black male, who did not appear to be breathing, was in the callers back yard. The caller did not know who the man was.

Paramedics, who were the first on the scene, advised that the man was dead. According to sources close to Springfield Leaks, a gun was also found out at the scene and the death of the man is being investigated as a homicide, after discovering several gunshot wounds to his upper torso.

Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon tells us that an autopsy will be performed tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates.

BREAKING NEWS: Springfield Man missing in St. Louis, Missouri; Suffers from dementia

Darryl Winder – Age 66 of Springfield, Illinois


Springfield, Illinois / St. Louis, Missouri – A 66 year old Springfield, Illinois resident, who was in St. Louis, Missouri for a doctors appointment, has been reported as missing since Monday.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Darryl Winder, age 66, went missing on Monday, September 7, 2020. Winder also suffers from dementia.

A flyer that has since been released by family members describes Winder as a black male, 5’07, 135 lbs, and has brown eyes.

Although Winder has a beard, the flyer states that his beard has been dyed black and that he also suffers from dementia.

If you have information about the location of Darryl Winder, you are encouraged to contact police at 911 or also the following telephone numbers: (217) 553-5440, (314) 376-4498, (314) 814-5034, (314) 783-7445.

BREAKING: One dead, one wounded in 2 separate shootings in Springfield, Illinois

(Left) Crime Scene of the first shooting (Right) Police respond to a second shooting

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, Springfield Police responded to two calls for shots fired. In one of the shots fired call, a man was fatally shot and in the second shots fired call, a woman was shot.

The first shots fired call came in around 9:30 p.m., in the 3100 block of Butler St.

When officers arrived they located shell casings in the street, but did not find a victim.

A few minutes later, police received a call from St. John’s Hospital Security who informed them that there was a gunshot victim in the Emergency Room.

The victim, Gary Broomfield, age 18, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at St. John’s Hospital Emergency Room at 3:35 a.m.

No suspect information was immediately available.

The second shots fired call came in around 10:10 p.m.

A woman called police and told them that she had just been shot while in the 2200 block of S. 13th St. Initial reports indicated that the woman may have been shot in the arm. She was taken to a local Springfield Hospital.

No suspect information was immediately available.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates.

Male Victim shot twice on E. Spruce St. in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois – Around 1:50 a.m., Springfield Police responded to 1100 block of E. Spruce St. for reports of gunshots.

Initial reports indicate that a 26 year old male victim was shot twice and stuck in both legs.

At this time a suspect was not immediately arrested, but according to police they are pursuing a suspect in this shooting.

The victim was transported to a local Springfield hospital.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for updates on an arrest.

BREAKING: Springfield Pediatric Surgeon found dead last night in his home

Dr. John Sandoval

Springfield, Illinois – A Springfield Pediatric Surgeon was found deceased at his residence last night.

The Sangamon County Coroner’s office has confirmed that they responded to a residence in the 300 block of East Madison Street shortly after 10 p.m. last night in reference to a deceased subject found inside his residence.  

The individual was identified as Dr. John Sandoval, age 48, of Springfield. He was pronounced deceased at his residence at 10:27 p.m.

Last year, Dr. Sandoval was placed on unpaid administrative leave by HSHS St. John’s Hospital after his arrest for Aggravated Domestic Battery. He was scheduled to go to trial on that charge in November.

According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Sandoval’s physician and surgeon’s license was suspended shortly after his arrest and still remains suspended.

Allmon tells us that an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Dr. Sandoval’s death is being investigated by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office and the Springfield Police Department.

Stay tuned to this article as we update it.

Springfield Teen killed in fatal motorcycle accident identified

Jacob Inskip – Age 18

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, The Sangamon County Coroner’s Office responded to a fatal motorcycle wreck on North Cotton Hill Road shortly after 9:00 a.m.

The individual who was pronounced deceased at the scene has been identified as Jacob Inskip, 18, of Springfield.

An autopsy was performed today and the preliminary results indicate Mr. Inskip died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the wreck.

The death is under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office and the Springfield Police Department

BREAKING: WARRANT ISSUED for man who head-butted local activist while waving a confederate flag

WANTED: Daniel L. Richards – Age 55

Springfield, Illinois – After an article we published yesterday (Local activist head-butted by a man holding a confederate flag in Downtown Springfield, Illinois) criminal charges has been filed and a warrant has been issued against a Springfield man.

Today, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright has filed criminal charges and obtained a warrant for 55 year old, Daniel L. Richards.

The charges are a result of an incident that occurred yesterday outside of the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is located at 527 E. Capitol.

Richards was caught on video head-butting John Keating, who is a local activist and candidate for State Representative in the 96th District. (THE VIDEO OF THE HEAD BUTT ASSAULT IS AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE)

Keating who publicly announced on Facebook that he would be downtown to protest the ICC’s decision to not reinstate the utility shutoff moratorium was confronted by Richards. During the confrontation, Richards, who is waving a confederate flag and shouting, launches forward and head-butts Keating.

According to Keating, the assault was the result of an incident that occurred on Sunday because of a Facebook post. In the Facebook post, Keating posted a Video (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) of a Flag Stand that sells Donald Trump and confederate flags. That flag stand is owned by Richards – the man who was seen headbutting Keating. Keating said, “I don’t care if somebody sells Trump flags, but Confederate flags have no place in the home of Abraham Lincoln.”

Keating, who we reached out to immediately after the assault, told us that he had a minor lip bust. When we asked if he intended on pressing charges, he said, “I do intend on pressing charges because we need to let bigots know that threats and violence aren’t going to deter us from calling out their actions.”

According to Richards’ arrest warrant, he has been official charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Battery, a class 3 felony, and 2 counts of Battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Once he is booked into the Sangamon County Jail, he will need to post 10 percent ($2,500) of his $25,000 bond in order to be released.