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Flossmoor schools on soft lock down as police apprehend two suspects Monday

Two suspects are in custody following an early-afternoon incident on Monday in which police attempted to stop a car that was being erratically driven through a Flossmoor neighborhood.

A loaded weapon was recovered as the incident transpired, police said in an email alert to community residents.

During the incident, Flossmoor police issued a soft lockdown at District 161 schools and at Infant Jesus of Prague schools due to police activity in the area. With a soft lockdown, all interior and exterior doors are locked, all window shades are drawn and all students on the playground are brought inside. Homewood-Flossmoor High School was also notified of the police activity.


  Two suspects fled this vehicle after crashing into
  a utility pole Monday. Both were later arrested. 
(Provided photo from Michelle Nelson)

According to Chief Michael Pulec, the Flossmoor Police Department received several reports of a vehicle driving erratically in the 800 block of Braemar Road at about 12:20 p.m. on April 15.

Responding officers observed the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and refusing to stop. The driver attempted to elude officers but lost control of the vehicle, striking a telephone pole at Flossmoor Road and Leavitt Avenue.

At that point, the two occupants fled the vehicle eastbound on foot toward downtown Flossmoor, police said.

The first suspect was observed running southbound along the railroad tracks before climbing into a freight train traveling southbound.

The second suspect was seen running in Flossmoor Park and was subsequently taken into custody without incident near the Metra tunnel.

Shortly afterward, the first suspect was apprehended in Olympia Fields after CN stopped all trains at the request of police.

The loaded weapon was recovered in the area where the suspects fled. Charges are pending as the investigation continues, police said.
The soft lockdowns at the schools were lifted around 1:10 p.m. after both suspects were taken into custody and the area was secured.

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