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It sounds like the beginning of an old joke. But if Nicholas Sheley was trying to hide from the cops, the joke was on him.
Bindy's bar in Granite City, IL, is well known here among none other than cops. Granite City police tell us that it's a known hangout for local law enforcement. Officers have gatherings, retirement parties and watch the game on television there.
So when Sheley walked in, all it took was a phone call and cops knew exactly where to go.
"He walked in and ordered a glass of water," said Bindy's bar owner, Bill Watson, who added that patrons in the bar had just finished watching local news casts where Sheley's mug shot was plastered all over the screen.
Watson said he was watching over his bar along with a bartender and 2 patrons when the man wanted for questioning in eight murders in Illinois and Missouri ordered his drink and walked into the bathroom.
"He returned from the bathroom and he wanted a cigarette and he asked me to borrow a lighter." Watson said the bartender had already called the police when Sheley was advised that he'd have to smoke his cigarette outside due to a new smoking ban in Illinois.
"He walked outside and within 30 seconds the police were there."
It was the end of the man hunt for the suspect in brutal murders over the past few days. Watson said he felt good about the arrest and their tip to the police. They were all joking around and enjoying the fact that of all places, Shelley chose a cop hangout when the bar phone rang.
It was a victim’s family member who tearfully thanked Watson for calling in the tip and getting Sheley off the streets.
"It was right at that moment when I realized the seriousness of what had happened. It really hit home."
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