MT. VERNON, IL — A 47-year-old Mt. Vernon man who was already facing charges in Jefferson County Court accusing him of battering a woman with a baseball bat is now facing charges of theft and burglary for two unrelated incidents over the summer. Dontae D. Harris has been held in the Jefferson County Jail since November on Class X felony charges of home invasion causing injury and armed robbery, as well as Class 2 felony charges of armed violence. Those charges stemmed from an alleged incident just before midnight November 12th, at a residence in the 1500 block of Jones for a report of a female who had been battered with a baseball bat. According to Mt. Vernon Police Chief Trent Page, at the time of Harris’ November arrest, Mt. Vernon detectives were investigating two other incidents that were alleged to have happened in August.
The first incident reportedly occurred August 11th, when a person reported giving a ride to a man who said he had broken down and after dropping off the man, the complainant noticed items were missing from the vehicle.
The second incident reportedly occurred August 14th, when a resident gave a ride to a man to get fuel for his car. It was agreed that the man would return to the complainant’s home later to pay for the fuel. However, when the subject returned to the complainant’s home, he asked for something to drink and then fled the house without paying for the fuel.
Chief Page says detectives later identified the subject in both incidents as Harris and turned their reports over to the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office where a warrant was issued on Monday. Harris was served with the warrant Wednesday morning in the Jefferson County Jail. It charges him with Class 3 felony burglary and Class 4 felony theft.
Harris is currently on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections for a Jefferson County conviction for domestic battery.