Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013
ISP: No Gunman Involved in Johnson Co. Incident
WSIL -- Illinois State Police have released new details on their investigation into an incident Monday at Ferne Clyffe State Park.
Investigators say a report of a woman being abducted at gunpoint contained wrong information, and there is no evidence that an armed man was involved.
News 3 first started getting tips from viewers Monday evening about police activity in and around the park. Campers said police were checking license plates outside Ferne Clyffe Monday night, and they saw an ambulance inside the park.
But authorities would not release any information, angering people in the area who were worried for their safety.
"I didn't know if there was someone who stole a six pack of batteries,
murdered 6 people or raped someone...," camper John Briggs said, "When the police themselves are not briefed on what they're looking for it's a staggering lack of competence."
Tuesday, state police broke their silence, announcing they were looking for an armed gunman in connection with an incident at Ferne Clyffe Monday just after 5 p.m. Investigators released a description of that suspect, but still would not say what the incident involved.
Then, late Tuesday night, state police released a statement saying an investigation determined that "the report received by law enforcement (Monday) of a woman being abducted at gunpoint contained erroneous information."
Investigators now say there is no evidence a gunman was involved in the alleged assault. They are no longer seeking the man whose description was released earlier Tuesday, and state police say the public is not in danger.
Authorities are not offering further details on that assault, when or where it happened, who was involved or whether anyone is in custody.
Stay with News 3 for updates.
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