UPDATE: Terence Doddy in custody after high-speed chase

Terence Doddy
Terence Doddy

UPDATE: Alleged murderer Terence Doddy is now in custody after a high-speed chase north of Rockford into Beloit, Wis., Friday, July 4. Police say he was driving the car he stole from 44-year-old Tonya Bargman, of Monticello, Ill., the woman he allegedly killed at a rest stop near Paw Paw Tuesday. Doddy is also wanted in the slaying of 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier a day earlier.

While details remain unclear, there was a crash as a result of the chase. At least one person was injured.

As of this report, Doddy is in the Rock County Jail.

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

The 36-year-old man wanted in two homicides in as many days may have returned to Rockford, Rockford Police Deputy Chief Dave Hopkins warned Wednesday, July 2.

Hopkins said investigators received information that Doddy may have intentions of returning to Rockford, where police believe he killed 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier. As of two weeks ago, Doddy lived with his wife and child at their 15th Avenue home. He left the residence after his wife filed an order of protection against him, barring Doddy from the property.

Authorities believe Terence Doddy killed a 44-year-old woman at a rest area near Paw Paw, Ill., Tuesday, July 1. Monday, Doddy allegedly beat Hansmeier to death inside a Rockford office building and set the crime scene on fire. Police say Doddy then stole Hansmeier’s car and fled south, where he allegedly attacked 44-year-old Tonya D. Bargman, of Monticello, Ill., near the rest-area washroom. He then allegedly stole Bargman’s Nissan Altima, leaving Hansmeier’s car at the rest stop.

According to records, June 18, an emergency order of protection was issued against Doddy for allegedly kneeling on his wife’s neck and chest and threatening to punch her to death. He was charged with aggravated domestic battery in that case.

Doddy is believed to be driving Bargman’s gray 2013 Nissan Altima with the Illinois license number BARGMN2. Police are urging citizens to dial 911 if anyone spots Doddy or the suspect vehicle.

Doddy has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in Hansmeier’s death. Charges in Bargman’s homicide are still pending. Police say a security camera captured her attack. She was found unresponsive by an attendant. Surveillance footage also showed Bargman’s car leaving the scene.

6 thoughts on “UPDATE: Terence Doddy in custody after high-speed chase

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    So if he was charged with aggravated domestic violence, why wasn’t he in jail? Two people would be alive today if he would have been placed in jail without bond. Our justice system is failing in so many aspects and the result is 2 more homicides victims!

    • Jul 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      The aggravated domestic battery charges came out on July 1, 2014. One day after the Rockford murder.

    • Jul 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Good point @ Almost Retired. I did some looking into this guys record and he wasn’t charged with the aggravated domestic battery until July 1, 2014…the same day he was charged with murder. It seems odd to me that the domestic crime was committed on June 18, 2014, but he was not charged until July 1, 2014. If he had been charged at the time of the crime, he would have been jailed with out bond like you said, and two of his unfortunate victims would still be alive. Record info retrieved from: http://fce.wincoil.us/fullcourtweb/partyCasesSearchResults.do?searchType=subjectDetail&searched=false&TotalRecords=0&PageNumber=0

  • Jul 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    The domestic battery was the result of the order of protection. In cases like these, protection orders are reviewed by the state’s attorney to determine if a crime had been committed. In this case, prosecutors felt there had been and a warrant was issued for his arrest. That’s how it works. Nobody can predict when someone is going to kill. Don’t blame the system until you know what you are talking about.

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    “Orders of Protection” = worthless.

    • Jul 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      You are spot on, OP’s are not worth the paper they are written on, and are a waste of time. The fact is that there probably would have been no charges on the OP, but for the fact that he committed the first murder.

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