Stephen Wigginton, a finalist for Illinois Southern District U.S. Attorney, may have just scored some brownie points this week when he chased down a robbery suspect and tackled him to the ground Wednesday. Read The Belleville News-Democrat article here.
The Belleville lawyer told the newspaper that he was working at his law firm, Weilmuenster & Wigginton, Wednesday afternoon when he heard his secretary yell that someone had run off with a stafferâ€™s wallet. Wiggington and lawyer J. Brian Menion proceeded to chase the man as he ran through backyards, according to The News-Democrat. The U.S. Attorney finalist then wrestled the man to the ground and held him down until police arrived, the paper said. The wallet was recovered nearby and Freddie L. Davis was charged with two counts of burglary, the paper said.
“That is the longest and fastest I have run in a long time,” Wigginton told The News-Democrat.
Wigginton has been with Weilmuenster & Wigginton since 2000. Prior to joining the Belleville firm, he spent eight years as a litigator at law firms. He also served as a criminal prosecutor in the Circuit Attorneyâ€™s Office in St. Louis.
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) recommended earlier this month that President Obama either keep Southern District U.S. Attorney A. Courtney Cox on the job or replace him with Wigginton.