Victim, suspects identified in East Moline homicide

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The victim and two suspects in an East Moline homicide have been identified.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson identified Rodney J. Griffin, 64, of East Moline, as the victim, a news release says.

When East Moline police responded to the 800 block of Avenue of the Cities for an unresponsive man Friday morning, they found a deceased man with multiple stab wounds.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation responded and processed the crime scene.

The investigation and suspects

After East Moline police detectives determined Griffin’s vehicle was missing from his residence, it was found in Davenport. With assistance from Davenport police, Kerry V. Clark, 60, and Precious N. Sims, 21, were taken into custody for possession of a stolen vehicle.

East Moline detectives interviewed the two at Davenport Police Department, and determined they are suspects.

The Rock Island County state’s attorney’s office issued arrest warrants for Clark and Sims for first-degree murder and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bond was set at $1.5 million for each.

Clark and Sims were being brought Friday night from Davenport Police Department to Scott County Jail to await extradition to Rock Island County Jail.

First-degree murder is a Class M felony. Possession of a stolen motor vehicle is a Class 2 felony.

Anyone with any more information can contact the East Moline Police Department at 309-752- 1555 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

Earlier Friday: East Moline Police are conducting a homicide investigation in the 800 block of Avenue of the Cities.

When Local 4 News arrived at the scene, police had the area around the home taped off.

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