June 29, 2013

Sus­pect in Cus­tody in Kid­nap­ping Investigation

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Karen S. Nichols a/k/a Karen S. Casper (DOB 06/09/1969) of 150 Hughey Lane in rur­al Anna was arrest­ed on the evening of June 28, 2013 in con­nec­tion with an ongo­ing kid­nap­ping inves­ti­ga­tion.  Nichols was arrest­ed at her res­i­dence by Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputies.  A minor child was also tak­en into pro­tec­tive cus­tody at the time of the arrest and has since been reunit­ed with his moth­er.  Nichols is cur­rent­ly being held on one (1) count of Aggra­vat­ed Kid­nap­ping and one (1) count of Armed Rob­bery, both Class X Felonies.  She is held at the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail in Mur­phys­boro on $500,000 bond.    For­mal charges will be filed Mon­day morning.

The Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, Illi­nois State Police and Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office con­tin­ue to inves­ti­gate after a John­ston City woman report­ed the kid­nap­ping of her new­born child from a loca­tion in rur­al Union Coun­ty dur­ing the evening hours of June 28, 2013.

The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.