UPDATE FRIDAY 4:40 p.m. — Read the latest update on Javier Aguirre by clicking here.


UPDATE 5:30 p.m. — Woodford County Officials have called off the search for Javier Aguirre, pending any new information.

Illinois State Police are no longer conducting a manhunt. Instead, the patrol will continue as normal.


MINONK, Ill. (WMBD) — 1:00 p.m. UPDATE: Fieldcrest School in Minonk is on a “soft lockdown” after a hospital patient escaped a hospital transport van.

New details have emerged about the man State Police say escaped a hospital transport just north of Minonk.

Captain Maskel with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Office tells WMBD that Javier Aguirre was booked into custody on March 15 on an aggravated battery charge. Capt. Maskel adds Aguirre was released from custody on April 27.

According to the Sheriff’s Captain, Aguirre has been in the Public Safety Building seven times.

Woodford County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword tells WMBD their Department is joining the search for Aguirre.

“Search continues. Local schools notified to take what they feel are the necessary precautions,” Tipsword texted WMBD’s Matt Sheehan at 9:31 a.m.

Tipsword said there is currently a criminal damage to property warrant out for Aguirre’s arrest, related to him breaking the vehicle window and escaping.

The public is asked to check their belongs to ensure nothing was stolen. Currently, rain is hindering the search for Aguirre, because police cannot use a plane or drone in these weather conditions.

Original story is below.

Illinois State Police are searching for a man who ran away from first responders in Woodford County.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, 47-year-old Javier Aguirre escaped a hospital transport van while traveling along Interstate 39.

Police searched the area without finding Aguirre.

According to ISP, he is considered a danger to himself or others and should not be approached.

Contact your local law enforcement if you see him.