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Princeton Police call off manhunt search

Police say there is no evidence subject is in Princeton at this time

Here is a photo of a suspect being hunted by Princeton police Tuesday. The man's identity was not immediately disclosed.
Here is a photo of a suspect being hunted by Princeton police Tuesday. The man's identity was not immediately disclosed.

UPDATE — As of 12:30 p.m., Princeton Police Department has called off the search for the subject who fled the Illinois State Police traffic stop yesterday. Police said they have conducted extensive searches both on the ground and from the air with negative results. The subject has been identified and further investigation to determine his whereabouts will be conducted by the state police. Schools in town were placed on soft lockdown as a precaution. Princeton Police do not have any evidence to suggest the subject is in Princeton. The Princeton Police Department has no further comment on this matter. All questions should be referred to ISP District 17.

PRINCETON — A manhunt begun after dark Monday between DePue and Princeton took a dramatic turn Tuesday morning, as police swarmed a house on Sixth Street on Princeton’s east side.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, approximately 10 squad cars as well as police officers with dogs surrounded a house located north of Liberty Village. There, police spotted a vehicle linked to a suspect who fled a traffic stop Monday night near Monterrey Mushrooms.

While the suspect abandoned the car at the scene of the traffic stop, it is believed he acquired another vehicle, possibly stolen, that was spotted Tuesday in Princeton.

Details still were unfolding, but Bureau County authorities said Tuesday morning no one had been taken into custody following a widespread search of the area around the mushroom facility.

Earlier Tuesday, Princeton police were put on alert that the man had been seen on foot in town Tuesday morning. A photo of the subject was released, but the suspect’s identity had not yet been disclosed.

State police did not return requests for comment Tuesday morning.

The degree of threat to officers in pursuit was not immediately clear. At the time the suspect fled the traffic stop, social media reports indicated that nearby residents were instructed to secure their doors and remain inside during the pursuit.

Princeton Elementary School District, Zearing Childhood Enrichment Center in Princeton and BMP Special Education Cooperative in Tiskilwa were keeping students indoors Tuesday morning.

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