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Man arrested for making false report of armed robbery in Harvard, police say

Police investigate after a man falsely claimed he was robbed and beaten at gunpoint by two men in Harvard on Tuesday | Photo by Alex Vucha.

A man who claimed he was forced out of his vehicle at gunpoint, punched and robbed by two men in Harvard Tuesday morning has been arrested for making a false police report, authorities said.

The Harvard Police Department received a call at 9:58 a.m. Tuesday of a report of an armed robbery near the Shell gas station, 1300 North Division Street.

Police officials said that Luis Candido Talavera, 47, of the 500 block of Thunder Valley Trail in Capron, reported that he was driving on Northfield Avenue when two men, one armed with a firearm, demanded him to exit his vehicle.

Talavera told police he was punched by one of the suspects and then had his wallet taken. He also told police that the two suspects fled on foot northwest from the location.

Canine units from Kenosha County, Wisconsin and Winnebago County were called to assist with tracking the suspects. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was also called to assist officers in the search.

Following an investigation, Talavera was arrested just before 2 p.m. Tuesday and charged with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, after authorities learned that what he told police was false.

“He called 911 for the purpose of making or transmitting a false alarm or complaint and reported information when, at the time the call or transmission is made, he knew there was no reasonable ground for making the call or transmission and further knew that the call or transmission could result in the emergency response of a public safety agency,” the Harvard Police Department said.

Harvard Community School District 50 schools were put on an exterior lockdown until 11:45 a.m., school officials said. Talavera was transported to the McHenry County Jail.


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