UPDATE (5:30PM 5/5/22) (NEXSTAR) — Woodford County officials have called off the search for Javier Aguirre.

In addition, Illinois State Police are no longer conducting a manhunt.


UPDATE (1PM 5/5/22)

MINONK, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Fieldcrest School in Minonk was on a “soft lockdown” on Thursday afternoon, after a hospital patient escaped a hospital transport van.

New details have emerged about the man who State Police said escaped a hospital transport just north of Minonk.

Captain Maskel with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Office told WMBD that Javier Aguirre was booked into custody on March 15 on an aggravated battery charge and was released from custody on April 27.

According to the Sheriff’s Captain, Aguirre has been in the Public Safety Building seven times.

Woodford County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword stated that their Department is joining the search for Aguirre.

“Search continues. Local schools notified to take what they feel are the necessary precautions,” Tipsword texted WMBD’s Matt Sheehan at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Tipsword said there was a criminal damage to property warrant out for Aguirre’s arrest, related to him breaking the vehicle window and escaping.

The public was asked to check their belongs to ensure nothing was stolen. The rain on Thursday was hindering the search for Aguirre because police could not use a plane or drone in these weather conditions.


METAMORA, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois state police are searching for a 47-year-old man who escaped a hospital transport near Woodford County Wednesday night.

Police say Javier Aguirre, a Hoopeston native, escaped the transport at around 11:20 p.m.

Illinois State Police Air Operations and K9 unit unsuccessfully searched the area for Aguirre.

Aguirre is considered a danger to himself and others, according to police. They say that if he is seen, to immediately notify authorities and avoid approaching him.