Wanted Former Illinois Cop Surrenders to Police


The former Illinois deputy, who was the subject of a more than four day manhunt, has been taken into custody.

Lowell “Max” Ambler was arrested Thursday morning after authorities learned he was inside an Earlville home. Police set up a perimeter at the home and Ambler eventually gave himself up “peacefully.”

Two people inside the home, who were apparently acquaintances of Ambler, were not hurt.

The Earlville School District called off classes for Thursday after it was learned Ambler was in the area. He had been spotted in a wooded area of the town Wednesday evening, but police were unable to locate him until a concerned citizen reported he was inside the house where he was eventually arrested.

Police had been searching for Ambler since Sunday, after he violated his parole by contacting the mother of a teenage girl who he tied up and kidnapped last month in Lee County. Wednesday morning, he car-jacked a vehicle at gunpoint in Plainfield.

Ambler is a former LaSalle County sheriff’s deputy. He’s charged with home invasion and kidnapping. Additional charges could be added in regards to the four day manhunt.

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