The Moline Police Department is searching for a man accused of holding a woman and her children against their will for several hours Thursday.
Bryan D. Sharpe, 32, of Moline, is wanted on suspicion of felony counts of home invasion and unlawful restraint, and misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and unlawful violation of an order of protection.
Police said he is believed to have forced his way into his girlfriend's home in the 3100 block of 11th Ave. C, at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday andchoking her and breaking her cell phone, before holding her and her children for several hours until members of the woman's family arrived and confronted him.
During the ensuing quarrel, Mr. Sharpe is believed to have battered some of the family members, including one of the children, a police department news release said.
The woman has an emergency order of protection against Mr. Sharpe, and investigators believe he was trying to prevent her from attending a related hearing scheduled for later in the morning, according to the news release.
Police said Mr. Sharpe had not been taken into custody as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and may be driving a black 2003 Honda Element with Illinois license number P452 967.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Moline Police Department at (309) 797-0401, Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at (309) 762-9500 or their local law enforcement agency.
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.