Altamont Stabbing Leads to Three Arrests in Mt. Vernon

Altamont Stabbing Leads to Three Arrests in Mt. Vernon

Pictured (left to right): Kristina N. Anderson, Blake R. Miller, Stephanie L. Rivera

MT. VERNON – Three people were arrested Sunday at a hotel in Mt. Vernon in connection with an attempted murder over the weekend in Effingham County.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD), law enforcement officials in Jefferson County were contacted by law enforcement agents in the Effingham County area requesting they be on the lookout for two attempted homicide suspects who were believed to be in the Jefferson County area.

This was in connection to an incident which had occurred in the Altamont area.

Altamont officials confirm they’re investigating a stabbing incident occurred Saturday afternoon. They said the stabbing was not fatal, but they’re not releasing names at this time.

Mt. Vernon officials said a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy, also a member of the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, located the suspect vehicle parked at the Days Inn on Potomac, in Mt Vernon. The MVPD/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department (JSCD) High Risk Team and Joint Narcotics Unit were activated to assist with a search for the suspects.

After further investigations, two suspects, 37-year-old Kristina N. Anderson of Bonnie and 33-year-old Blake R. Miller of Mt. Vernon, were located at the hotel and taken into custody without incident.

High Risk Team members were able to secure their hotel room without incident and also found 55-year-old Stephanie L Rivera, of Mt. Vernon, in the room. While serving the warrants, police said illegal narcotics were observed in the room.

Narcotics detectives applied for, and received, a Jefferson County search warrant for the hotel room. During a search, detectives reportedly located methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and drug equipment.

Miller was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County on local charges of Possession of between 15 and 100 grams of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of between 1 and 15 grams of Heroin with Intent to deliver, and an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for Parole Violation.

Bail on the local charges remains to be set and there is no bond on the parole violation warrant. Miller also had an Effingham County warrant for Attempted Homicide with bail set at $750,000.

Anderson was transported back to Effingham County after being arrested on an Effingham County warrant for Aggravated Battery. Bail on that warrant was set at $100,000. She’ll also face charges in Jefferson County for Obstructing Justice and Possession of between 5-15 grams Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

Rivera was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail on charges of Possession of Drug Equipment, Possession of between 5-15 grams Methamphetamine with Intent to deliver, and Possession of Heroin. Her bail remains to be set.

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