Arrest made in hit-run incident

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Conner III

JANESVILLE - One of Beloit's most wanted suspects, who was involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured two people five years ago, is in custody in Rock County after being arrested in New York state on unrelated charges.

According to a Rock County Criminal Complaint, Robert H. Conner III, 35, is charged with two counts of hit-and-run causing injury for a crash that occurred on Feb. 23, 2014.

Conner was arrested on April 14 and charged as a fugitive from justice by the Columbia County, New York Sheriff's Office. He also was charged with criminal possession of a weapon as a felon. He was arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Ghent, New York, according to the sheriff's office.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office took over custody of Conner on Sunday, according to the Beloit Police Department. Conner is listed on the Beloit police's most wanted suspect list on the city's website.

He appeared in Rock County Circuit Court on Monday and is being held on a $1,000 cash bond, according to court records.

Conner allegedly hit another vehicle near Moore Street and Roosevelt Avenue sending two victims to the hospital. Conner then fled the scene of the crash, according to court records. Witnesses at the scene of the crash estimated Conner was "going at least 80 miles per hour" and went through the yield sign heading eastbound, court records say. One of the victims of the crash suffered a skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury, according to the complaint. A DNA match from a swab of inside the suspect Pontiac came back with a match to Conner, the complaint said.

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