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Two Arrested in "Walking Mike" Hit and Run

By Margaret Lyons in News on Oct 17, 2007 11:12PM

Two people have been arrested and police are looking for a third in connection to the dismembered body in Matteson and Alsip.

Michael "Walking Mike" Cranston, a developmentally disabled 60-year-old, was hit on Vollmer Road, west of Crawford Avenue in Matteson on Friday. "The impact severed Cranston's body at the shins and catapulted him through the windshield of the car into the passenger seat," according to police.

Police are currently looking for Marcus Hampton, 26, who they say was behind the wheel. Hampton apparently drove — with the body in his car — 12 miles to Alsip, where he dumped the body. Then he called his girlfriend Shawanda Smith, 28, and her brother, Anthony Smith Jr., 26, (who owned the car) to help him torch the car, which they did, near 139th and Ashland. Smith and Smith were both arrested today and charged obstruction of justice, and Shawanda was also charged with arson.

Initially, police thought the car was an SUV, but it turns out it was a 1998 Oldsmobile Alero.

If you know where Hampton is, call the Cook County sheriff's office at 847-635-1188.