Standoff in McNabb ends peacefully, suspect in custody

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UPDATE 10:50 p.m.

The suspect has been identified as Billy J. Marcano, 31, of McNabb. He was taken into custody without incident.

After he broke into a business, McNabb fled to his apartment. 

UPDATE 10:00 p.m.

Authorities in Putnam County now say the standoff situation in the downtown area has ended. 

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 2 p.m. from a business on Main Street in McNabb.  The caller reported a man had broken through a locked door and entered with a machete.

Several first responder crews arrived, blocking the village from any incoming traffic and taking anyone already in the area to the fire department building. 

Officialls tell WMBD there was no one else in the business aside from the suspect.

After nearly eight hours, residents were able to return to their homes. 


The Putnam County Sheriff is blocking off all traffic to Main Street in McNabb. 

LinComm, a local communications resource that provides audio feeds and incident notifications, said Putnam County EMS activated the MABAS box to the second alarm for a barricaded subject in the 400 block of W Main St. in McNabb.  

A post on the Putnam County Illinois Emergency Management’s Facebook page explains no children will be dropped off from the bus in downtown McNabb and all in-town routes will be held at the McNabb Fire Station. 

The post says this is being done to protect students. Putnam County School District 535 thanked motorists for their cooperation and said the bus company used is aware of the rerouting.

Those trying to leave town will not be allowed back into McNabb. No word on exactly what is causing the disturbance. 

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