2 men appear in court in connection with Wednesday home invasion


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 10:54 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
Two men accused of breaking into a Moline home in the 3500 block of 12th Street Court Wednesday made their initial appearances in Rock Island County Circuit Court Thursday, each facing a felony count of residential burglary.

Angel Luis Madera-Martinez, 29, and Marangeli Ortiz, 26, both of Houston, Texas, sat side-by-side in the jail courtroom Thursday, wearing orange jumpsuits and clutching their hands in their laps above shackled ankles.A Spanish interpreter translated the hearing for the men, neither of whom appeared to speak much English.

They each were appointed a public defender and had preliminary hearings scheduled for Tuesday.

Police arrested the pair Wednesday afternoon shortly after a home invasion. Moline police said that, at about 1 p.m., they were notified a white SUV had pulled up outside a Moline home; two men got out and broke several glass panes in the front door to gain entrance to the residence. Responding officers reported seeingtwo men run from the house to nearby woods while thedriver of the SUV left the scene.

Police have not confirmed if anything was taken and no additional arrests have been made, Detective Scott Williams said Thursday.

Mr. Madera-Martinez and Mr. Ortiz remained in Rock Island County Jail Thursday on $100,000 bonds. If released, they have been court-ordered to have no contact with the residence.

A second break-in occurred about an hour earlier in Milan. According to the sheriff's department, two masked men, armed with a gun, allegedly entered a home in the 2800 block of 54th Avenue West at 11:42 a.m. Wednesday and took three firearms before fleeing.

The home's sole resident was not injured, and no arrests have been made, according to Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd. He added he did not think the two crimes were related.

In a Thursday email, Detective Williams wrote that Moline police are working with other police departments "to see if our suspects are responsible for their burglaries."


















 




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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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