Crime & Courts

Police: Man lied about Harvard armed robbery that sent authorities in pursuit of 2 men

Police charge man with disorderly conduct after armed robbery report

Police searched with several K9’s in a wooded area Tuesday, May 28, after an armed robbery was reported in the 1300 N. Division St. Police later charged a man with filing a false police report.
Police searched with several K9’s in a wooded area Tuesday, May 28, after an armed robbery was reported in the 1300 N. Division St. Police later charged a man with filing a false police report.

A man whose 911 call launched a multi-jurisdictional search for two armed suspects was charged Tuesday with making a false report about being assaulted and robbed at gunpoint.

Harvard police arrested 47-year-old Luis Candido Talavera, of the 500 block of Thunder Valley Trail, Capron, in connection with the incident, according to a news release sent Tuesday afternoon.

Talavera, whom police originally believed to have been the victim of an armed robbery, is charged in McHenry County court with disorderly conduct, a felony offense typically punishable by one to three years in prison.

Harvard Police Chief Mark Krause said he is "livid" about the false report, which required assistance from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and K9s from Kenosha County, Wisconsin and Winnebago County.

"This is a colossal waste of resources," Krause said.

It's unclear what motivated Talavera to call 911.

Harvard police were called at 9:58 a.m. Tuesday to 1300 N. Division St. for the report of an armed robbery, according to a news release.

Talavera told police that one man approached him while he was driving on Northfield Avenue while another man displayed a firearm, according to the initial news release from police.

He went on to tell police that the men ordered him out of the car, and punched him and stole his wallet before fleeing northwest on foot, according to the release.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and K9s from Kenosha County, Wisconsin and Winnebago County were called to help track the alleged robbers.

An "exterior lock down" was put in for Harvard Community School District 50 and lifted about 11:45 a.m., district spokesman Guy Clark said. The district had previously been advised to secure its buildings while investigators combed the area. Police dogs concluded their sweep of nearby property just before noon, Krause said in a Facebook post.

Talavera was taken to the McHenry County Jail awaiting bond.

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