LEE COUNTY - UPDATE - The vehicle wanted man Lowell "Max" Ambler allegedly car-jacked, and a person matching his description, were spotted in LaSalle County Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m.
Police say the man who may be Ambler was seen running from a hunting blind in a wooded area of rural Earlville. Several police agencies are now actively searching the area for the suspect.
Police in Lee County are searching for a former LaSalle County deputy they consider to be armed and dangerous.
Authorities have been looking for Lowell "Max" Ambler since Sunday. Wednesday morning, they say Ambler car-jacked a vehicle in Plainfield, Illinois. He allegedly removed the driver at gunpoint and stole the vehicle.
It is a maroon Hyundai Sante Fe with Illinois license plates S785884.
Ambler is wanted for a parole violation after he recently tried to contact the mother of a teenage girl he allegedly tied up and kidnapped. Police say that incident happened last month in Compton, Illinois.
He faces home invasion and kidnapping charges in connection to that case.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 815-284-6631.
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