Crime & Courts

Parole violation arrest by DeKalb police prompts school district safety alert Tuesday, says police chief

DeKalb school district sent out alert that traffic was being redirected off Chamberlain Drive due to what police chief says was a warrant arrest

DeKalb, Illinois police vehicle

DeKALB - The DeKalb school district issued an alert to families Tuesday warning anyone walking home via Chamberlain Drive to take a separate way due to a nearby incident involving police.

Police Chief David Byrd said officers arrested a man for violating his parole.

The DeKalb District 428 alert went out on social media around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday notifying families of a community emergency.

“Please note this may impact some students walking home from school or bus stops,” the alert stated. “There is no direct threat or concern to our students or staff at this time. The DeKalb Police Department is restricting access to the area and is redirecting all foot and vehicle traffic. We will continue to keep everyone informed as more information becomes available.”

A second alert was sent by the district around 5 p.m. which notified families that the issue had been resolved.

DeKalb Police Chief David Byrd said Tuesday police were conducting a warrant arrest on a man in the area.

“He was taken into custody without incident,” Byrd said. “We aren’t released his name at this time.”

Byrd said the man was arrested on a charge of violating his parole, but did not provide further details into the matter which restricted public access to portions of Chamberlain Drive Tuesday and spurred the school district alert.

“DPD took precautionary methods for the safety of the community,” Byrd said. “Police investigation is ongoing, but there is no threat to the public at this time.”

This is a developing story which could be updated as more information becomes available.