Search ends for man who fled after Moline officer got injured, detective says

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MOLINE, Illinois -- A man police were looking for has been captured more than a week after a suspicious vehicle check ended with an officer getting injured.

Austin D. Clenney - image from Moline PD

Officers were called to a neighborhood on 18th Avenue A around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, November 3rd to check on a reported suspicious vehicle.

According to Detective Michael Griffin, responding officers found two people inside a vehicle.

One person, 20-year-old Mario Pena took off on foot, but was captured after a short chase.  Pena was taken into custody on a warrant for mob action out of Waukegan, Illinois. He was held in the Rock Island County Jail.

The other person in the vehicle, 20-year-old Austin D. Clenney, got into a physical altercation with an officer.

"During (the) incident, the officer and Clenney went to the ground and the officer was injured during the struggle," according to a statement from the Moline Police Department.


The injured officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

"We're very blessed that our officer's not seriously injured," said Det. Griffin, "it could have been much worse. The people that were involved in this incident today are very violent people.  They have violent backgrounds - they are documented gang members - so we are very thankful that our officer is not seriously injured."

The incident left officers searching for Clenney, who police say fled in a silver 2010 Honda sedan with Illinois plates "Z660134."   Jail records show that Clenney was taken into custody by the Eldridge Police Department on Sunday, November 12.  He remained in custody at the Scott County Jail on a charge of interfering with official acts.

When the incident happened, Moline Police said warrants were issued for Clenney: aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated assault with bond set at $75,000.