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Fugitive Speaks to Channel 20 Before Turning Himself In
It's a story you'll see only on ABC NewsChannel 20. A fugitive who has been running from the law speaks to us before turning himself in.
Monday night in our Fugitive Files, we showed a picture of 18-year-old Tyler Sigretto, who was wanted for a hate crime, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault.
He and his brother, Thomas Sigretto, are accused of verbally and physically attacking a man last month.
"I didn't threaten [him] or call the n-word," Tyler Sigretto told ABC NewsChannel 20's Liz Foster before turning himself in. "Just told him to walk that way and we're going to the gas station and going home."
Surveillance video from a gas station shows the victim punched Tyler Sigretto in the face. Then Tyler Sigretto chased after him and that's when he allegedly cut the victim's finger with a knife.
"[Liz: Why did you even have a knife on you?] Just to protect myself," he said.
We spoke to the victim, Silas Gordon, on Monday. He said the brothers threatened to cut him, called him the n-word, then followed him to the gas station.
"It was just creepy," Gordon said. "I was amazed that it happened."
When Liz asked Sigretto why he didn't turn himself in sooner, he said, "Just so I could be there for my son's first Christmas."
His father, Frank Sigretto, brought him to the Sangamon County Courthouse to turn himself in.
"I think he's really a man for turning himself in and try to get this over with," Frank Sigretto said.
Now the Sigretto brothers are both behind bars on the same charges.
"Right now, it's just an accusation," Sangamon County Undersherrif Jack Campbell said. "He has the right of innocence until proven guilty. So it's important he come in and answer to it. When you run from it, it looks like you are guilty, so that's why it behooves him to turn himself in."