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ALTON — The alleged shooter in a homicide at an abandoned house in Alton was arrested Monday in Washington Park.
Last week the Alton Police Department asked for the public’s help in locating Bruce D. Bradley, 38, of Fairview Heights, after a warrant was issued for his arrest in a homicide Saturday, Sept. 6, at an abandoned home in the 1000 block of Market Street.
Bradley was apprehended at a home in Washington Park by the U.S. Marshal’s Office Monday morning. Bradley is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of armed violence and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
Bradley is in custody at the Alton jail and will be transported to the Madison County jail. His bail has been set at $1 million by Associate Judge Neil Schroeder.
The first of the two suspects, Antione D. Parker, 33, of Belleville, was arrested on Sept. 9 and has been charged with three counts of murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of armed violence. Parker is in custody at the Madison County jail. His bond is set at $1 million by Schroeder.
Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons touted detectives’ fast work.
“I have said it before, but the Alton Police Department has one of the finest investigation bureaus in the Metro East area,” Simmons said in a press release. “They worked hard and fast to identify the suspects in this incident and then reached out for assistance from the Belleville and Fairview Heights police departments as well as the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
“This case is a perfect example of how seriously we take violent crime in Alton. Don’t come into our town and expect to get away with something. We will continue to foster relationships with local, state, and federal agencies and do everything we can to find you.”
According to charging documents, Bradley shot and killed Melvin L. Hayes, 39, of St. Louis during an armed robbery.
Bradley was convicted Nov. 22, 2012, in Madison County Circuit Court of unlawful possession of cannabis. The robbery charge states he took marijuana from Hayes. Bradley is accused of shooting Hayes in the chest with a semi-automatic rifle.
Parker is being charged with murder because “a person for whom the defendant is legally accountable” is accused of being the shooter.