By Ethan Colbert
The Bowling Green man, who had eluded law enforcement officials for nearly a month, is now in custody after deputies with the United States Marshals raided a home in Elkland, Mo., which is located in Dallas County near Springfield.
In a telephone interview with the Bowling Green Times on Tuesday morning, City of Bowling Green Police Chief Don Nacke said he learned of Jonathan N. Millikan’s capture on Monday afternoon.
As was previously reported by the Times, Millikan has been charged with statutory sodomy after an 11-year-old female reported to authorities that Millikan had sexually assaulted her in June 2017.
The girl reported the assault to authorities on April 8.
Due to the nature of the allegations, officials with the Pike County Circuit Court have suppressed the victim’s name.
In the probable cause statement filed with the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, Millikan was identified as the boyfriend of the girl’s mother at the time of the alleged assault.
In the probable cause statement, which was filed with the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, the mother was asleep home when the alleged assault occurred.
According to members of the Bowling Green Police Department, after completing an initial interview with local law enforcement both Millikan and the girl’s mother reportedly left Bowling Green and have not been seen in the community since then.
In his interview, Nacke said he was grateful for the work of the U.S. Marshals.
“They said they could find him and they did,” Nacke said.
The city police chief said he was unsure of how the U.S. Marshals traced Millikan to Elkland.
“We may never know that,” Nacke said.
With Millikan now in custody, Nacke said he will be brought back to Pike County where he can be arraigned on the previously filed charges.
According to Nacke, Monday’s announcement of Millikan’s capture is a good thing.
“The main thing is that the victim knows that he is no longer out running around, that he is in custody, where he won’t be able to do this again,” Nacke said.
Nacke’s sentiments were shared by Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher, who said in a telephone interview that with Millikan now in custody that his office will move forward with prosecuting him on the aforementioned charges.
“We are happy that he was apprehended and we will now continue to seek justice,” Fisher said.