Antioch Issues Emergency Curfew


    ANTIOCH, IL — The village of Antioch has issued an emergency curfew, which will run from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday, due to concerns over civil unrest.

    The curfew was ordered after social media posts surfaced in the past day regarding potential issues following the arrest of a 17-year-old Antioch boy in connection with Tuesday’s shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois was taken into custody on a warrant on a first-degree intentional homicide charge Wednesday and is in custody in Lake County, according to a news release from the Antioch Police Department.

    Residents in Antioch have been ordered to stay in their homes, and businesses in town have been asked to close, according to the emergency alert.

    In addition, Community High School District 117 announced late Wednesday it would resort to full remote learning for classes on Thursday and no students would be in its buildings. All athletic practices and school activities have also been canceled and all employees will be working remotely.

    The Antioch Police Department took Rittenhouse into custody Wednesday, and the teen is being held without bond at the Hulse Detention Center, according to court documents. A status hearing regarding Rittenhouse’s extradition is set for 9 a.m. Friday in Lake County.

    The arrest came after two people were killed and one person was injured in the shootings Tuesday in Kenosha. Officers were sent to the area of 63rd Street and Sheridan road after witnesses reported hearing several gunshots at about 11:45 p.m.

    « Our Village of Antioch is deeply saddened by all loss of life. Our hearts and prayers extend to the friends and family who lost a loved one, » Antioch Mayor Lawrence Hanson said in a statement.

    The shootings also came during the third night of protests and civil unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.

    Earlier on Wednesday, authorities in Antioch said they were keeping a watchful eye out for any potential problems in the area.

    « Over the last 12 hours, we became aware of several posts that may imply that our community may experience social unrest, » according to a press release from the Antioch Police Department. « Since becoming aware of this information, the police department has devoted its full attention to evaluating every one of these posts in an attempt to determine their level of validity and credibility. The police department continues to work in full collaboration with our law enforcement partners at the local, county, and state levels to ensure that Antioch is prepared for any impacts. »

    Authorities are encouraging anyone who sees a concerning post to send it to the Antioch Police Department via Facebook messenger.

    « The village fully understands how troubling and unsettling some of these messages can be. We remain committed to transparency with our community, and as such, we will continue to share as much information as possible, » according to the news release.

    The village is asking anyone who witnesses suspicious or concerning activity to immediately dial 911. As always, callers are able to remain anonymous should they desire to do so.

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