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Utica fugitive found in Hawaii; let go

A woman wanted in connection with the January beating of a disabled man in Utica was arrested Thursday in Hawaii, but then let go, because the warrant was no good.

Zenaida L. Glass, 44, along with Alan Longest, are charged with tipping a 50-year-old man out of his wheelchair Jan. 29 at the man's home, then holding him down and hitting his head. The man was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria and has undergone surgeries.

Utica Police Chief Rodney Damron said his department learned during its investigation, Glass was planning to move to Hawaii to live with a relative. Police gave this information to the La Salle County State's Attorney's Office on Feb. 9, but arrest warrants were not issued until Feb. 15, according to Damron.

The warrants were enforceable anywhere in the United States.

Longest, 54, was arrested Feb. 16 in Wilmington. In the meantime, Glass had gone to Hawaii.

On Thursday, police in Kauai, Hawaii picked up Glass on the warrant after conducting surveillance at the behest of Utica police. However, the Kauia police then learned the warrant was no longer valid in Hawaii, because the La Salle County State's Attorney's Office had changed the warrant the same day, so it was only enforceable in the continental United States. As a result, Glass was released.

Assistant State's Attorney Greg Sticka said a "miscommunication" caused the snafu and a new arrest warrant, that again includes Hawaii, was issued Friday. Glass had not been rearrested as of late Friday afternoon.

Glass, who is formerly from Wilmington, lived with the victim, while Longest has a Wilmington address. Longest is free on bond.

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