Man’s threats force school lockdowns

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FORSYTH, Ill. (WCIA) — Area schools were placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon when authorities determined there was an active threat at a nearby business.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Quality Inn & Suites just before noon when an employee reported getting threatening phone calls and text messages. The victim is a 41-year old Decatur man.

Authorities determined the suspect threatened to shoot the victim and his children if he did not pay a prior alleged debt to the suspect. Durfee Elementary School and MacArthur High School were put on lockdown about 12:20 pm.

The suspect was located in the 1200-block of South Hilton, in Decatur, about 2:30 pm. The 29-year old Decatur man was taken into custody and booked on preliminary charges of making a terroristic threat and felony harassment by electronic communication device.

The lockdown was lifted when the suspect was taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.  

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