Georgia McKee, 86, was attacked in a home invasion Dec. 31 in Southaven, Miss. Her stolen Chevy Impala was found in Forest Park. Forest Park police assisted with arrest of her neighbor, suspect Kwame Menelik Becton, 23. Courtesy

Forest Park police assisted with the arrest of a man wanted for allegedly beating an 86-year-old Mississippi woman during a home invasion, cutting her throat and then stealing her 2003 Chevy Impala, which he abandoned in Forest Park.

Police said Kwame Menelik Becton, 23, of Southaven, Miss., allegedly attacked the woman in her apartment across the street from his home around 11:30 a.m., Dec. 31. The victim was a longtime fan and booking agent for the bluegrass group, “Delta Blue,” according to a DeSoto Times-Tribune article about the incident. Georgia McKee was found beaten and cut on her floor, but had no memory of the attack, according to news reports from the region. A member of Delta Blue told the local television station the kitchen was covered in blood when he came into McKee’s house.

Becton allegedly drove the vehicle, which was decorated with magnetic signs reading “Delta bluegrass,” to Forest Park where he abandoned it in the 7500 block of Harrison Street. Forest Park patrol officers found the Impala Jan. 10 in a snow-tow zone, blocked in with several feet of snow. Running the license plate, the officer found the stolent Impala to be reported to the National Crime Information Center by the Southaven Police Department. The report requested the car be held for evidence techs to dust it for latent fingerprint evidence.

Forest Park police towed the vehicle to a secure garage to wait for an evidence technician to fly to Chicago from Southaven. Maywood police had located Becton who was in custody.

Armed with five warrants from the Southaven police, Forest Park police took Becton into custody without incident. He was held for Southaven police who charged him with removing a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with weapon, burglary of a dwelling and probation violations. He is currently being held in Cook County Jail pending extradition to Mississippi.

This story has been updated to indicate where Becton was taken into custody.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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