CHRISTOPHER BLANTON

Champaign Co. standoff suspect convicted of rape in Kentucky

Christopher Blanton, 37, was arrested in the 100 block of East Dallas on suspicion of felonious assault and was transported to the Tri-County Jail.

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Blanton must register for the rest of his life in the Kentucky for his previous child rape conviction, however state records show he has been non-compliant. 

Officials were called to a residence in the 100 block of East Dallas Road for a complaint around 6 p.m. 

According to court documents, Blanton hid under a camper near the rear of a property and took off running into another camper in the area.  Deputies were able to initially capture Blanton.

A struggle with one of the deputies occurred after they captured Blanton and were searching him, records showed. A deputy was hit in the forehead with handcuffs, causing injury, officials said.

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Blanton was able to escape and ran inside a house on East Dallas Road with handcuffs on, barricading himself, the court documents showed. While running to the residence, deputies unsuccessfully deployed a Taser twice, court documents read.

Police were in a standoff outside the house for over two hours, using a bullhorn urging to get Blanton to come outside. He eventually was brought out of the residence in handcuffs.

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