A Mt. Vernon man was among those taken into custody over the weekend after an altercation that allegedly resulted in the attempted murder of a Kell woman.
Blake R. Miller, 33, is accused of slitting the throat of a 27-year-old victim on Saturday afternoon. The victim and her sister were taken to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Miller was arrested after the Mt. Vernon Police/Jefferson County Sheriff Department’s High-Risk Team and Narcotics Unit conducted a search at the Day’s Inn in Mt. Vernon. Police received a report that a vehicle matching the suspect’s was located at the motel. Upon entry, officers state that there were drugs in the room, including heroin, fentanyl and drug equipment.
Bond for Miller was set at $750,000. Miller was charged in Effingham County with attempted murder, according to the state’s attorney office. Miller was also charged in Jefferson County with possession of 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver; possession of one to 15 grams of heroin with intent to deliver; and a warrant for parole violation. No court date has been set.
Kristina N. Anderson, 37, of Bonnie was also arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a charge that was also stemming from the incident based on the accountability theory. Bond for Anderson was set at $100,000. Anderson was transferred back to Effingham County, and she was also charged with possession of meth with the intent to deliver in Jefferson County.
There have been four total arrests from the altercation. The owner of the home, Jesse Fischer, 29, was arrested on multiple charges, including alleged mob action, meth delivery, possession of a controlled substance and others.
Stephanie Rivera, 55, was also arrested during the hotel room bust in Mt. Vernon. Rivera has been charged with possession of meth, heroin and drug equipment.
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