The 18-year-old Gary man accused of helping his girlfriend hide evidence of her mother's murder last year was arrested Thursday night by U.S. Marshals in Illinois.

Virgil L. King was arrested 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1900 block of North Sheridan Road in Peoria, according to Mark Gregoline, inspector for the U.S. Marshals' Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

A warrant was issued last week for King's arrest after he was charged with three counts of felony battery on allegations he battered a family member July 7 in the Dorie Miller Housing Complex in Gary.

King was under house arrest at the time on allegations he assisted Chastinea Reeves, his 16-year-old girlfriend, conceal or destroy evidence related to the murder Feb. 13, 2017, of Reeves' mother, Jamie Garnett, at her Gary home.

Reeves allegedly communicated with King through a friend's social media account while police searched for her after the murder. Reeves was arrested Feb. 14, 2017, and allegedly admitted she stabbed her mother. She said King helped hide her mother's vehicle after the murder.

King also faces charges for escaping house arrest. He is not afforded bond on the new charges, records state.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.