Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fugitive captured after extensive manhunt near UIS

A 35-year-old fugitive from Ohio was arrested after he allegedly abandoned a stolen vehicle and fled on foot into the woods near the University of Illinois Springfield on Tuesday afternoon.

The search for Alan J. Gordon prompted email alerts to UIS students and parents in the Ball-Chatham School District.

Gordon, who was taken into custody about an hour and a half after the search began, is accused of crashing the stolen car near a wooded area along the UIS soccer fields on the campus’ east side, according to Chief Deputy Jack Campbell of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office.

Gordon was wanted for a probation violation in Sandusky, Ohio, Campbell said.

University officials warned students, faculty and staff to stay clear of the soccer fields because Gordon was considered possibly armed and dangerous.

That warning stemmed from the fact that Sandusky authorities had indicated Gordon stole 10 guns about two months ago, Campbell said.

The story was reported in an April 20, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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