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 Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2013. There are 223 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Large quantities of ice from LaCrosse and Lake Pepin are beingshipped on ice boats, towed by steamers to St. Louis and points below. 1888 -- 125 years ago: With the Mississippi River at 18 feet above the low water stage,Rock Island is waging a valiant fight to keep the river from flooding the entire city. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Approval has been given by the city commission for paving 45thStreet between 7th and 11th Avenues. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Herndon Wright, of East Moline, has won the discus-throw title, by aheave of more than 140 feet, to set a new high school record at Champaign. 1963 -- 50 years ago: With the Selective Service Law recently extended by Congress forfour more years, Mrs. Hazel Doris reminded young men that they must register withinfive days after attaining their 18th birthday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Over 500 Quad-Cities area retired volunteers were honoredrecently for their community services at a Retired Senior Volunteer Program luncheonat Palmer Auditorium in Davenport. Guest speaker, William Moffitt, director of productengineering of Deere & Co., spoke about leadership and stressed the importance ofcommunity volunteers.