A misdemeanor charge was lodged Tuesday against a Glasford man who arrived at Pekin Hospital with a handgun Monday morning.
The court appearance of Brandon Ihnes, 21, revealed the gun was not loaded, but no other details indicating his possible motive in the event that prompted a one-hour hospital lockdown.
Ihnes was ordered held on $1,500 bond pending a Dec. 14 court appearance on unlawful possession of a weapon. He had neither an FOID card nor a concealed carry permit, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
A call from his mother, stating Ihnes was heading to the hospital and might be carrying a handgun, prompted police to alert the hospital. It initiated a Code Black Operational Lockdown, in which no one is permitted to enter the hospital, visitors and workers are discouraged from leaving and patients are sheltered in place until it is lifted.
The lockdown was lifted at about 7:50 a.m., after an officer spotted Ihnes near the hospital’s emergency room doors. When the officer asked him if he had a weapon, Ihnes mentioned the handgun, which the officer took from him without incident, the affidavit stated.
Police later Monday said Ihnes had a relative in the hospital but provided no further information.
He had been released earlier in the morning from Tazewell County’s jail following his arrest on a DUI charge at 1:50 a.m. in the 100 block of Court Street.
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