Police are, as of Friday evening, looking for a man who police say barricaded himself in a Pekin business Friday and was not found after a sweep of the building, according to police.
At 1:01 p.m. on Friday, the Pekin Police Department received a call saying a man had entered Half Vaped at 1020 Derby St. in Pekin, according to a Friday afternoon news release from Billie Ingles, Pekin Police public information officer. In the business, a man and woman, whose names had not been released Friday, got involved in a domestic situation, according to the release. The woman and all business's employees left the building, leaving the man inside alone.
Later in the day, the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team responded to the scene. The man wasn’t found, and as of 7:30 p.m. Friday, had not been located. No one was injured, stated the release, and the public is not in danger.
Police could not confirm if the man was armed.
At 2:40 p.m., a police rescue vehicle arrived on the scene. Over a loudspeaker, the officers in the vehicle informed the man that he was under arrest, and instructed him to exit the back of the building multiple times.
At 3:25 p.m., a police dog was led in through the front of the building. Prior, officers entered the rear of the building.
Jerry Agee, a volunteer at New Life Fellowship, which neighbors 1020 Derby St., said around 1:15 p.m. police told them not to leave the building, before eventually evacuating it.
Around 1:30 p.m., police and a fire truck blocked off Derby Street at Peoria Street and 10th Street.
Groups of onlookers took view of the scene from the various businesses around the 1020 address, including Save-A-Lot and Family Dollar.
A Save-A-Lot employee gave the officers on scene water as the temperature sat at 93 degrees.
“Summertime on the south end, am I right?”quipped an onlooker.