Former Indiana man arrested for intimidating a public official


EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A former Indiana man was arrested early Wednesday morning for intimidating a public official.

In a news release, Chief Deputy Paul Kuhns with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office said they executed an arrest warrant at 817 Main Street in Mason. They served the warrant with the United States Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive task Force.

The warrant was issued in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

Officers arrested 59-year-old Randall W. Sinclair. He was living in Mason after moving from Indiana, according to Kuhns.

According to an affidavit, a sheriff’s deputy said that on December 12, 2020, Sinclair threatened to kill him and his family. They said the deputy is currently assigned to the United States Marshalls Fugitive Task Force and Sinclair made threats based on an arrest several years ago.

Officers said the deputy told them that around five years ago, Indiana Parole Office requested the US Marshalls task force helped arrest Sinclair. The deputy told his supervisor at the time that “Sinclair was his wife’s uncle and was living with his parents in Newburgh, IN.” He was found in the house and taken to the Warrick County Jail and served time with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Then around four months ago, Sinclair made comments to the family that he was going to “settle the score” and have some people he knew from prison shoot up the deputy’s home and kill him. The deputy told officers that he was told Sinclair seemed to be under the influence of narcotics.

The deputy told officers he learned Sinclair has major health issues and “does not have much to lose at this point in his life.”

Officers said Sinclair has an extensive criminal history “showing a pattern of violent behavior, drug and alcohol use as well as intimidation.”

Sinclair is currently being held in the Effingham County Jail.

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