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State Capitol Bomb Threat Suspect in Custody

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After an extensive Illinois State Police (ISP) investigation into a bomb threat at two state facilities in Springfield last month, 23-year-old Gabrielle Williams was taken into custody yesterday, May 9th.

On April 22nd, the Illinois Department of Human services received a call from an individual saying a bomb had been installed at a public aid office building and the Illinois State Capitol. ​ This threat was relayed to the ISP Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center, which implemented the State Agency Facility and Employee (SAFE) Threat Protocol. ​

The Secretary of State (SOS) Capitol Police and its Hazardous Device Unit quickly cleared the grounds of the Capitol, while ISP and the Springfield Police Department secured the other state facility until the SOS Hazardous Device Unit could clear that building. ​ The SAFE Threat Protocol also triggered an investigation by ISP special agents. ​ Using cellular information and conducting interviews, ISP special agents were able to identify and locate the suspect.

Williams is being held in the Sangamon County Jail pending a pre-trial detention hearing. ​ A Clear and Present Danger report has been submitted to the ISP Office of Firearm Safety. ​ A Clear and Present Danger report is filed when a person poses a threat to themselves or others.

ISP thanks the various local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Marshals Service, who assisted during the investigation and arrest of Williams.

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