News Release 07-03-18
On 07-03-18 at approximately 6:00 pm, Carterville officers responded to the 200 Block of Van Wyck Square regarding a male subject making threats to harm himself and others. Shortly after officers arrived, the situation escalated and the male subject barricaded himself in his residence with two adult females and three children, ages 2 months, 2 years and 4 years. With assistance from the Crainville Police Department and the Williamson County Sheriff's office, officers secured the area and attempted to make contact with the male, identified as Montez D. Avant, age 28, of Carterville. Avant indicated he was in possession of several weapons and intended to harm himself. Avant continued to refuse to allow the people inside to leave or to allow officers to confirm they were unharmed. Entry was made to the residence and after a brief struggle, Avant was subdued and taken into custody.
One of the females was transported to the emergency room for non-life threatening injuries. The others inside the residence were unharmed.
Avant was transported to the emergency room for treatment of non-life threatening injuries before being transported to the Williamson County Jail on charges of Unlawful Restraint, Child Endangerment, Possession of a Look-alike Substance with Intent to Distribute, Aggravated Battery to a Child, Domestic Battery, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, and Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property.