Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Community Alert – Search continues for fugitive

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has issued a Community Alert for residents in the Rt. 146 West and Old Rt. 146 Loop area, between Vienna and West Vienna.

Be aware that the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is actively searching in this area for a fugitive of justice, that escaped Sunday morning.

Be on the lookout for a male hispanic, age 20, approximately 4’5″, 120 lbs. It is thought that he may still be in the area and may now be wearing a blue and red jacket.

Anyone coming across an individual matching this description is asked to call 911 immediately.

UPDATE – 8:22 p.m.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of Illinois State Police are still searching an area between Vienna and West Vienna for the fugitive.

ISP’s airplane with heat sensors is currently scanning the area.

UPDATE – 9:24 p.m.

Johnson County Sheriff Elry Faulkner has called off this evenings 4-plus-hour arial manhunt just west edge of Vienna.

The arial search by Illinois State Police, local officers, ISP troopers and K-9 units from Pulaski County and Marion, found no sign of the fugitive.

A 20-year old Hispanic man escaped the sheriff department’s custody at around 2:00 a.m. Sunday in Vienna.

According to the sheriff’s department, 20 year old Juan Diego was arrested late Saturday night for burglary of a recently closed gas station near I-24 in Johnson County.

No other details are available at this time as to how Diego went missing.

The ground search continues.

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One comment

  1. Why was this suspect in custody before he escaped? The Sheriff’s Dept seems reluctant to give an answer to that and frankly I can’t see a valid reason why. If this escapee may come in contact with the public they deserve to know if he was wanted for something non-violent like unpaid tickets or not paying child support or if the guy was in custody for assault or attempted murder.

    The people deserve to know what they are potentially exposed to.