One adult, 2 teens arrested for murder of Moline man

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Moline Police have arrested three suspects in connection to the December 9 murder of 31-year-old William Fowler.

It happened in the 400 block of 8th Street just before 6a.m. in the Floreciente neighborhood. 

In a press release, Moline Police say on Thursday, December 20, the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office issued First Degree Murder warrants for 29-year-old Nathan C. Luten of Silvis, 17-year-old Rory D. Bruno Jr. of Colona, and a 15-year-old juvenile East Moline resident.

Police say Luten was already in custody at the Rock Island County Jail and is now remanded on a $2,130,000 bond. Bruno Jr., and the 15-year-old juvenile were taken into custody in Colona Thursday night and were transported to Mary Davis Detention Home with bond set at $2,000,000.

According to the release, the investigation revealed that the residence at 402 8th Street was targeted due to ongoing gang conflicts, but Mr. Fowler was not the intended target, nor did he have any association or relationship with those involved.

The Moline Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the East Moline Police Department, Quad City Federal Gang Task Force, Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, Colona Police Department, Silvis Police Department and the Rock Island Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140.

EARLIER UPDATE

A 31-year-old Moline man has died from his injuries after being hit by gunfire early Sunday.

The Johnson County Medical Examiner has identified the victim as William T. Fowler.

Moline Police were dispatched to the 400 block of 8th Street in Moline around 5:48 a.m. after a report of gunfire.

Police located an adult male victim, who was transported by Moline Fire Department to Unity Point-Rock Island and then to University of Iowa Hospitals where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The investigation into the incident shows that the residence was targeted by gunfire, but the victim was not the intended target.

During the initial stages of the investigation, Moline Police attempted to interview Nathan C. Luten, 29-year-old, Silvis resident. While attempting to make contact with Luten, Luten threatened to kill a Moline Police Detective and fled in a vehicle when they tried to take him into custody.

Luten was located at a residence in Silvis and taken into custody at approximately 1 p.m. without further incident.

Luten is a suspect in the shooting death of Fowler as are two juveniles. Luten is in custody at the Rock Island County Jail on charges of Harassment by Telephone with Threat of Death, Threatening a Public Official and Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding a Peace Officer.

Moline Police are continuing to examine evidence in the case and have been assisted with the investigation by the Quad City Federal Gang Task Force, East Moline Police, Silvis Police, Illinois State Police, Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department and the Rock Island Police Department.

There have been no formal charges issued regarding the homicide of William Fowler and we are asking anyone with information to please contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500 or the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140

EARLIER STORY

Moline Police say a 31-year-old man is in “very grave” condition as of Monday morning after being hit by gunfire early Sunday.

Police were called to the 400 block of 8th Street just before 6 a.m. in the Floreciente neighborhood. 

That’s where they found a victim suffering from injuries after being hit by gunfire. 

The victim was rushed to Unity Point Rock Island, then to Iowa City where he was listed as being in critical condition. 

Police have not identified the man, but someone who knew him in the area tells Local 4 News he is a husband and father to three children.

Local 4 News reached out to several neighbors, but most asked not to be on-camera out of fear for their safety and the safety of their families.

But a few tell us the incident left them “traumatized,” shocked and scared. 

One person in the area who asked to remain anonymous says they were surprised to see violence in their close-knit community. 

“It’s terrifying,” they said. “They always say like you never know what could happen-a ricocheted bullet or something. I’ve been living here off and on for the past 20 years and this is the first time in long time that this happened around this area.”

On Monday afternoon Local 4 News counted at least nine bullet holes in a corner residence. Shattered windows and broken glass could still be seen around the home. 

“This is like 6 in the morning when parents are getting their kids ready and they’re up,” said the nearby resident. “They’re not in their beds they’re walking around their houses. So if it was a drive-by or whatever the case may be, those bullets could’ve ricocheted to any of the joining houses. So it’s just one of those things that you just be cautious — there’s not anything you can really do but just hope it doesn’t happen around the area.”

Moline police have one suspect in custody in connection to the incident.

The case is currently being reviewed by the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

Moline Police say the investigation is on-going and they are asking anyone with information to contact the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140.

They are being assisted on the case by the East Moline Police Department and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department.

This is a developing story. Local 4 News will continue to bring you latest as we learn more.

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