June 2 was not Edgar Degollado’s day. After successfully avoiding police since being released from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in 2010, he landed back in custody on Tuesday for violating the terms of his parole after a Riverside police officer noticed that the license plates on the car he was driving were expired.
Degollado knew he was a wanted man. In October 2012, the Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, sheriff’s police issued a warrant for his arrest for leaving the state without notifying them.
When Riverside police pulled him over for the expired plates on First Avenue at Forest Avenue at about 1:25 p.m., Degollado reportedly got out of the vehicle, crying. When the officer who stopped him asked why he was crying, Degollado reportedly said “his time had come.”
“He knew it would catch up with him eventually,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, who added Degollado was completely cooperative.
If not for the fact that the plates on the vehicle he was driving, his girlfriend’s, had expired in May, he’d still be a free man. According to Weitzel, since leaving Wisconsin, Degollado had landed a job as a union electrician and possessed a valid driver’s license.
Back in January 2004, Degollado and an accomplice robbed a liquor store at gunpoint in Sheboygan. The two were arrested a short time later and in July 2004, Degollado pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison and six years of court supervision. Degollado was released in 2010 and shortly thereafter left Wisconsin, apparently in violation of his parole, for Merrillville, Indiana, where he had family.
Degollado then moved to the Chicago area, landing in Lyons within the past five months, Weitzel said. Because he did not abide by the terms of his parole, Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Police issued a warrant for his arrest in 2012. His status on the Wisconsin Department of Corrections website states “abscond.”
Riverside police also reported recovering a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle Degollado was driving. He was turned over to the Cook County Fugitive Apprehension Unit, which is arranging to transport him back to Sheboygan, Weitzel said.