On April 24th, just before 5:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to Longacre Ponds Apartments for a report of criminal trespass by two individuals. It was reported that Dayton Miller, 18 years old and a juvenile female, who are not tenants of the apartments, were refusing to leave the property.

Upon officers’ arrival, both suspects fled on foot. Several Fairview Heights Officers pursued Miller on foot, eventually ending up inside the Big Lots store. He continued to try and evade officers by throwing a large display rack, merchandise and a ladder in their way. Miller was taken into custody inside the store, at which point a pocket knife in his possession cut an officer’s finger.

The juvenile was also taken in to custody.

It was determined the juvenile had an active stalking/no contact order of protection in place against Miller. He was charged by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Violation of a Stalking No Contact Order, Criminal Trespass to Land and Knowingly Damaging Property, all felonies.

Due to the SAFE T Act and provisions of pre-trial release he was then released from custody.

The female juvenile was booked for Criminal Trespass and released to a guardian.

Required by the Illinois Supreme Court: All charged suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Fairview Heights Police Department