Second Bomb Threat in Less than 24 Hours at Antioch Walmart; Bomb Threat Also Investigated Round Lake Beach Walmart


The Antioch Police Department reported at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 on their official Facebook page that police officers were investigating a bomb threat at the Antioch Walmart, 475 Route 173 in Antioch. The police department said everyone has been evacuated from the building and the situation is under control. Police asked that people stay away from the area for safety reasons until further notice.

The bomb threat is the second bomb threat at the Antioch Walmart in less than 24 hours. The Antioch Police Department responded to investigate a bomb threat at the Antioch Walmart about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday and about 7:00 p.m. on Monday.

There was a social media report that the Round Lake Beach Police Department responded early Tuesday to investigate a bomb threat at the Walmart at 2680 North Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. The Round Lake Beach incident was reported after the Antioch incident. However, Round Lake Beach Police Department has no official word of a bomb threat on their official Facebook account as of 2:15 p.m., and an observer reported all is quiet at the Round Lake Beach Walmart near Route 83 and Monaville Road.

Antioch Police Department responded about 7:00 p.m. Labor Day, September 7, 2020 to investigate a bomb threat at the Walmart, 475 East Route 173 in Antioch. The business was evacuated, and Antioch Police Department asked the public to stay away from the area on Monday.

The Antioch Police Department deemed the area safe. The Lake County Sheriff Office assisted at the scene with an Explosive Detection K9 Team. The Lake Villa Police Department also assisted Antioch Police Department.

Residents in the area expressed concern whether the bomb threat was related to a Kenosha riots shooting incident which resulted in Antioch resident Kyle Rittenhouse in custody in Antioch awaiting extradition to Kenosha County to face charges after three rioters were shot and killed on Tuesday night August 25, 2020, or whether the incident was a random incident.

Locally, a bomb threat was investigated on November 15, 2017 at the Rolling Meadows store, and a bomb threat was investigated at the Lake Zurich Walmart on December 28, 2017.

In August 2007 several bomb threats were investigated at up to 30 stores in multiple states related to a money scam, and in July 2012 bomb threats were investigated at 11 Walmart locations.

The store at the northwest corner of Route 173 and Deep Lake Road was checked inside and outside, and no explosive devices were located. Antioch police said the scene was investigated and the case remains an active investigation and those responsible will be held accountable.

Any citizens with any information or any witnesses to anything suspicious connected to this incident are urged to contact the Antioch Police Department dispatch center at 847-270-9111.



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