Max Ambler

Max Ambler booking photo (Lee County Sheriff's Office photo)

UPDATE 10/5/17 at 9:48 a.m.

The end came to an extensive three-day manhunt for Lowell “Max” Ambler this morning in Earlville around 8:22 a.m. 

LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said no shots were fired in the apprehension of Ambler since he was first spotted on Wednesday afternoon by deputies.

Templeton did say law enforcement officials used Max Ambler’s family, his sister and his father, former Earlville Police Chief Lowell Ambler of Mendota all to assist. 

He said police had received numerous tips.

But how Max Ambler was able to elude police, after police had cordoned off a wooded area by Indian Creek and LaSalle County Highway One is unknown

During a staging and briefing of area law enforcement and tactical SWAT teams starting at 6 a.m. along Route 34, police immediately deployed to the downtown at 6:40 a.m.

There they surrounded a two-story house on North Second Street between Hissock and North Streets, where Ambler had entered. 

The 46 year-old Ambler surrendered to police shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Templeton did say evidence was recovered from the tent near the woods that he escaped to after being spotted yesterday afternoon by two deputies. 

The sheriff said a cell phone, a chair, and some clothing was found in the tent.

WSPY will have more information this morning.

UPDATE 10/5/17 AT 8:00 a.m.

The manhunt for Lowell "Max" Maxwell Ambler continues, as he was not captured overnight.

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 10:20 p.m. 

The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office is continuing their search through the night. An update for media will be given at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. 

WSPY will have more information on the morning news. 

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 9:45 p.m. 

Earlville CUSD #9 and Leland CUSD #1 officials say under the advisement of law enforcement, school will be cancelled on Thursday. Athletes and parents of athletes in Earlville will receive a text from a coach as to the time and location of an evening event.
 
Away events in both districts will take place. Any event on school grounds is cancelled.
 
The search for Lowell "Max" Maxwell Ambler continues.

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 8:37 p.m. 

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton has provided more detail in regard to the search this afternoon and evening for wanted fugitive Max Ambler in Earlville. 

Simonton told WSPY's Mark Harrington around 8:30 p.m. that an estimate of 80 officers have descended upon Earlville to search in near a wooded area in south Earlville for Ambler, who is believed to have been in the city since at least the early afternoon. 

K9's, aerial units, and a laundry list of police agencies have been called to the scene. 

Simonton says two deputies found discarded clothing potentially purchased and discarded by Ambler after K9's picked up the scent, earlier today. 

Authorities are believed to have come close to catching the fugitive throughout today's search but the former LaSalle County Sheriff's Deputy remains on the loose and is still believed to be armed and dangerous.

Several residents have told WSPY's Mark Harrington that they have been trying to return to their homes along County Highway 1 and U.S. Route 34.

Meanwhile, more information on Ambler has been provided. 

It's not known why he is on the run, however, Sheriff Simonton confirmed Ambler lost a son to cancer in recent years. He also recently had an ended relationship with a woman in Ottawa.

Simonton says at this time, authorities believe Ambler is becoming tired and hungry. The sheriff says more dogs are currently being called in for the search, which is becoming more difficult with nightfall. 

Authorities have been calling to Ambler with bullhorns in area fields.

Simonton says police are not using family at this time to try to connect to Ambler. 

WSPY will bring you more as it becomes available. 

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 7:22 p.m. 

WSPY reporter Mark Harrington is on scene at the media staging area of Route 34 and E. 14th Rd. in Earlville. 

Little update from authorities as of 7:22 p.m. as the search continues. 

WSPY hopes to speak with officials regarding an update on the manhunt for Max Ambler. 

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 5:30 p.m. 

LaSalle County Sheriff's Office and Plainfield Police officials confirm that at 3:00 p.m., the vehicle Ambler allegedly car-jacked earlier Wednesday morning was found near a wooded area in south Earlville and a person matching Ambler's description was spotted running from a hunting blind in the wooded area where the car was found. 

An active search continues by several law enforcement agencies. 

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 5:00 p.m. 

Earlville Mayor Mike Hall confirmed that Wednesday night's Earlville City Council meeting has been postponed until Monday at 5:30 p.m. while the search for armed fugitive Max Ambler continues in Earlville. 

Hall says that the decision was made as a precaution. City Hall was put on lockdown earlier today in addition with Earlville schools, though, Hall says the lockdown was lifted at closing time around 4:30 p.m.

There is no confirmation yet that Ambler has been apprehended and a massive police presence has been reported in south Earlville. 

Mayor Hall confirmed more background on Ambler, who WSPY has already reported was a former Earlville Police officer in addition to his former career as a LaSalle County Sheriff's Deputy. 

Hall says Max Ambler was an alderman in the city of Earlville for one year in the 2010's before he moved out of the city to Mendota. 

Online records also show his father was a former police chief in Earlville. We will bring you more information as it comes in. 

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 4:35 p.m.

Earlville CUSD 9 has announced that all students have been safely dismissed from school.

No update yet on Ambler's location.

We will keep you posted as more information comes in.

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 2:50 p.m. 

School officials in Earlville CUSD 9 say they have placed the district on full lockdown after former LaSalle County Sheriff's Deputy Lowell "Max" Maxwell Ambler is believed to have made his way south of Earlville. 

The district says estimated dismissal with police assistance is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. Officials say Ambler has been located by local police, though, a capture has not yet been announced. 

Stay tuned to WSPY for details. 

UPDATE 10/4/17 AT 11:30 a.m. 

The former LaSalle County Sheriff's Officer who led Plainfield Police on a six-hour manhunt on Tuesday afternoon is now the suspect of a reported armed car-jacking that took place in Plainfield, early Wednesday morning.

In an update from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, who originally circulated a warrant for his arrest, Sheriff John Simonton says 46 year-old Max Ambler of Mendota allegedly removed the driver of a maroon Hyundai Sante Fe Wednesday morning at gunpoint in Plainfield.

A post from the Plainfield Police Department states that the incident allegedly occurred in the area of 119th St., east of Van Dyke Rd.

After the incident Plainfield Police contacted the Will County Sheriff's Department, who will be handling the investigation.

The vehicle has the license plate number S785884 and Sheriff Simonton says all area law enforcement are continuing to search for Ambler.

The Plainfield search on Tuesday did not result in an arrest.

Plainfield Police received an Illinois State Police Emergency Response message around noon on Tuesday indicating Ambler was in possession of a stolen semi-tractor trailer possibly en-route to the northwest portion of Plainfield.

Ambler's current location is unknown or hasn't been announced by authorities. Police said they believed that he was no longer in the Plainfield area, after concluding the search on Tuesday night.

Ambler was announced as being a wanted fugitive, potentially armed and dangerous with a .45 caliber handgun, after he allegedly violated an order of protection on Monday.

The former deputy and one time Earlville Police officer from Mendota was arrested in September in Lee County after unlawfully entering a woman's home in Compton, where he taped her hands, and bruised her, all while, "wearing a hood, robe or mask."

He was later released on 10 percent of his $250,000 bond.

Plainfield Police said Tuesday that the warrant out of Lee County remains active, as does a LaSalle County warrant for violating conditions of bail/bond.

Plainfield North High School and other District 202 schools were placed on soft lockdown on Tuesday afternoon with some students in the immediate vicinity at Plainfield North reportedly being held after school. Residents in the immediate area were also asked to stay inside while the search was ongoing.

Police say a semi Ambler allegedly stole from Mendota was found unoccupied on Normantown Rd. north of 119th St, near the residence of where police say the victim of his crime was at.

The search included surrounding residential areas, commercial areas, abandoned buildings in the area by what police said were multiple agencies called in.

The search included K-9's, officers in vehicles and on foot, as well as an aerial search.

Max Ambler continues to be considered be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact local authorities.

UPDATE 10/3/17 AT 8:30 p.m. 

Plainfield Police called off their manhunt for who they confirmed was former LaSalle County Sheriff's Deputy Max Ambler after a nearly six hour search on Tuesday afternoon which did not result in an arrest.

In a news release, Plainfield Police say they received an Illinois State Police Emergency Response message around noon on Tuesday indicating Ambler was in possession of a stolen semi-tractor trailer possibly en-route to the north west portion of Plainfield.

Ambler's current location is unknown or hasn't been announced by authorities. Police say it was determined Tuesday evening that he was no longer in the Plainfield area and that, "based on newly developed leads, the Plainfield search was concluded, however, the investigation remains active."

Ambler was announced as being a wanted fugitive, potentially armed and dangerous with a .45 caliber handgun, after he allegedly violated an order of protection on Monday.

The former deputy and one time Earlville Police officer from Mendota was arrested in September in Lee County after unlawfully entering a woman's home in Compton, where he taped her hands, and bruised her, all while, "wearing a hood, robe or mask."

He was later released on 10 percent of his $250,000 bond.

Plainfield Police said Tuesday that the warrant out of Lee County remains active, as does a LaSalle County warrant for violating conditions of bail/bond.

Plainfield North High School and other District 202 schools were placed on soft lockdown on Tuesday afternoon with some students in the immediate vicinity at Plainfield North reportedly being held after school. Residents in the immediate area were also asked to stay inside while the search was ongoing.

Police say a semi Ambler allegedly stole from Mendota was found unoccupied on Normantown Rd. north of 119th St, near the residence of where police say the victim of his crime was at.

The search included surrounding residential areas, commercial areas, abandoned buildings in the area by what police said were multiple agencies called in.

The search included K-9's, officers in vehicles and on foot, as well as an aerial search.

Max Ambler is still considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact local authorities.

UPDATE 10/3/17 AT 2:45 p.m.

Plainfield Police say students are being intermittently released from Plainfield North High School after a soft lockdown Tuesday due to police searching for a person who is possibly armed.

Police say they are still searching for the suspect but are releasing students with the exception of those who live in the surrounding subdivisions of the school.

The school was placed on a soft lockdown Tuesday afternoon and police made the announcement around 1:00 p.m. 

In a post, police say they are asking residents in a 1/2 mile radius of 119th Street and 248th Avenue to remain inside their homes.

Unofficial sources are reporting the suspect armed may be former LaSalle County Sheriff's Deputy Lowell "Max" Maxwell Ambler, though, Plainfield police have not confirmed the identity of the suspect at large.

Plainfield Police said on Twitter the suspect is a, "wanted person."  

WSPY will bring you more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE 10/3/17 AT 2:00 p.m.

Plainfield Police say Plainfield North High School is on soft lockdown Tuesday due to police searching for a person who is possibly armed.

The school was placed on a soft lockdown Tuesday afternoon and police made the announcement around 1:00 p.m. 

In a post, police say they are asking residents in a 1/2 mile radius of 119th Street and 248th Avenue to remain inside their homes.

Unofficial sources are reporting the suspect armed may be former LaSalle County Sheriff's Deputy Lowell "Max" Maxwell Ambler, though Plainfield police have not confirmed the identity of the suspect at large.

Plainfield Police said on Twitter the suspect is a, "wanted person."  

WSPY will bring you more information as it becomes available. 

ORIGINAL STORY: 

The former LaSalle County Sheriff's Deputy, who was arrested last month for Aggravated Kidnapping and Home Invasion in the Lee County town of Compton, now has a warrant issued for his arrest after he allegedly violated an order of protection over the weekend.

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton confirmed to WSPY on Monday afternoon that a warrant was issued Monday morning for the arrest of 46 year-old Maxwell "Max" Ambler of Mendota. Mendota Police say they believe Ambler to be, "armed and dangerous."

Ambler was taken into custody in Lee County on September 15th after the sheriff's office reported that the former sheriff's deputy and at one time Earlville Police Officer, allegedly unlawfully entered a woman's home in Compton, taped her hands, and bruised her, all while, "wearing a hood, robe or mask."

Ambler confined the woman against her will, which caused bruising from the taping of her hands.

The incident happened on August 26 and Lee County Court records show that after Ambler was arrested amid an investigation on September 15th, he posted 10 percent of his $250,000 bond on September 20.

Sheriff Simonton said Monday that Ambler allegedly made contact with the petitioner of an Order of Protection which was filed.

Court records show a woman filed that order on September 19th. Sheriff Simonton would not confirm if the petitioner was the victim involved in Ambler's arrest incident.

He did confirm that the warrant issued for arrest will petition to increase or revoke Ambler's bond, upon his arrest.

Sheriff Simonton says further charges could also be pending.

Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.