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UPDATE: Sheriff says public not in danger after response teams raids Hennepin duplex

HENNEPIN — A kidnapping victim found in Kendall County brought the Illinois State Police, Illinois Valley Special Response Team and the Putnam County Sheriff to a residence on 10th Street in Hennepin Wednesday morning.

A press release by the PCSO today gave little information, but assured the safety of the communty.

The press release from the county read:

“The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office along with Illinois State Police are currently investigating an alleged kidnapping that occurred from a residence on 10th street in Hennepin in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 12.

“The victim was discovered along a roadway in Kendall County on March 12 and is currently in the hospital for non-life threatening injuries sustained during the ordeal.

“Persons of interest were developed during the course of the investigation and on  March 15 a search warrant was executed at a resident on Tenth Street in Hennepin with assistance by the Illinois Valley Special Response Team.

“During the execution of the search warrant a firearm was recovered.

“No one is in custody at this time as the investigation continues.

“If anyone has any information concerning the event that occurred in the early morning hours of March 12, they are encouraged to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

“It should be noted that this situation is an isolated domestic incident and the public is not considered to be in danger.

“Due to the close proximity to the elementary school in Hennepin it was determined that the school should be put into a soft lockdown. At no time was there any threat in or near school grounds during this situation.

“This investigation continues.”

Two persons of interest have been questioned, but as of now, none have been taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office.

The initial action started at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday at the duplex on Tenth Street in Hennepin, with Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, ISP and the IVSRT entering the left side unit in the course of the investigation.

Building owner Bill Shafer provided the NewsTribune on Wednesday with the name of renter, as well as the renter’s girlfriend and three young children, who had been living there for the past two weeks. The renter has not been named as a person of interest by the sheriff’s office or police as of 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Putnam County sheriff Kevin Doyle said late Wednesday afternoon the investigation was still ongoing, and, as of 4 p.m. that day, a Sheriff’s deputy was still stationed outside the duplex.

Jennifer Spratt can be reached at (815) 879-5200 Ext. 12, fax (815) 828-0627 or Follow her on Twitter @NT_Princeton. 

A lone squad car sits outside a residence in Hennepin that was allegedly the site of a police raid Wednesday.

Jennifer Spratt