A Mundelein man, who wanted to leave work early, allegedly made a false 911 call about a man with a gun at his workplace in Mundelein Monday afternoon, police said.
Antonio P. Fletcher, 37, of the 400 block of East Hawley Street in Mundelein, was charged with disorderly conduct — filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony.
The Mundelein Police Department received a 911 call at 1:13 p.m. Monday reporting a man with a gun who was threatening employees at the Ruprecht Company, 1301 Allanson Road.
911 operators tried to get more information from the caller, who was later identified as Fletcher, but he said his phone battery was going to die and ended the call, police said.
Mundelein police officers along with officers from Libertyville, Vernon Hills and the Lake County Sheriff rushed to the scene. Authorities met with administrative personnel from Ruprecht and learned that no one at the business was aware of any incident going on.
An evacuation was ordered and a search of the building was conducted by police, who did not find anything unusual inside. The employees were allowed to return to the building.
Allanson Road was shutdown to vehicle traffic for two hours between Butterfield Road and Washington Boulevard while police investigated the incident.
Investigators later determined Fletcher made the 911 call in hopes of being able to leave work early by creating a distraction, police said.