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Beach Park Man Makes Up Story About Attacker Taking His Family Hostage: Police

(LIBERTYVILLE PATCH) — A Beach Park man is accused of tying up police resources for three hours Sunday night after he falsely reported a hostage situation taking place inside his home that involved a fictitious gunman who shot his sister, mother and held a gun to his father’s head, police said Monday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Robert Bruckner, 51, at 9 p.m. who relayed information regarding the attack happening inside his home in the 38300 block of North Avenue, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office press release.

He told the dispatcher a man shot his sister inside his home and was holding a gun to his father’s head, keeping him captive. While speaking with dispatch, he said the attacker had just shot his mother in the head.

Deputies responded and immediately set up a perimeter around the area where the situation was taking place. Around midnight, the County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team was activated and made entry into the residence the where the attacker was believed to be.

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Nobody was located inside the residence, police said. Detectives later determined Bruckner’s family was safe in Wisconsin and none of them had been taken hostage.

Bruckner was transported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division where he was interviewed by sheriff’s detectives.  He did not provide an explanation for his false report, according to the news release.

Bruckner has been charged with one count of disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony. He is currently being held on $10,000 bail and is expected back in court on June 16.

This article was written by the Libertyville Patch