Pictured: Jesse Fischer
EFFINGHAM – Authorities have released more information regarding a weekend incident in Altamont that sent to women to the hospital and resulted in multiple people being arrested on drug and attempted murder charges.
According to the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office, 33-year-old Blake R. Miller, of Mt. Vernon is accused of attempted murder for allegedly slashing the throat of a 27-year-old Kell woman Saturday at a home in Altamont.
Victoria Rhodes was taken to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham for treatment of her injuries. Her sister, 35-year-old Natasha Rhodes, of Farina, was also taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries she reportedly suffered in the same incident.
Miller, who was already wanted on a no-bond warrant from IDOC for parole violation, had bail set at $750,000 in the Effingham County case. He also faces a Class X felony drug charge in Jefferson County where he was reportedly arrested Sunday and found in possession of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin. Bail in the Jefferson County case has been set at $75,000.
Also arrested at the Mt. Vernon hotel with Miller was 37-year-old Christina Anderson, of Bonnie. She’s charged in Effingham County with aggravated battery in connection with the Altamont incident.
Her bail in that case has been set at $100,000 and she could also face drug-related charges in Jefferson County for drugs reportedly found in the hotel room with Miller and another woman, 55-year-old Stephanie Rivera. Rivera also faces drug-related charges in Jefferson County.
The owner of the home in Altamont where the initial incident is alleged to have happened is 29-year-old Jesse Fischer. He was arrested Saturday night on charges of mob action, aggravated battery, conspiracy, possession of meth, meth delivery, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail on the meth delivery charge has been set at $100,000.
Miller and Anderson were discovered at the Days Inn on Potomac Street in Mt. Vernon Sunday after local law enforcement had been advised by Altamont police that they were wanted in connection with the stabbing incident Saturday.
The Mt. Vernon Police/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department High-Risk Team and Joint Narcotics Unit served the arrest warrants on the pair and then executed a search warrant on their hotel room where they reportedly discovered the drugs and Rivera.