Kewanee Man Arrested for Threatening Great Dane, Causing a Lockdown

Great Dane in Kewanee was on lockdown today after an ex-employee made threats of violence towards the facility. On September 21, 2022, the Kewanee Police Department responded to Great Dane on Kentville road after an ex-employee threatened the business and employees. Kewanee Police provided security at the Kentville Road Facility while investigating the threat and searching for the suspect.  Richard McDonald, 57, of Kewanee was arrested without incident on Wednesday afternoon. McDonald was booked on preliminary charges of Making a Terrorist Threat (Class X Felony).  McDonald was also in violation of the Sexual Offender Registration Act (Class 2 Felony).  Richard McDonald was transported to the Henry County Jail where he awaits formal charges by the Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation and search.  The employees and facility were not physically harmed by McDonald.

Making a Terrorist Threat is a Class X felony and carries a potential sentence of 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Failure to register information required by the Sexual Offender Registration Act is a Class 2 felony and carries a potential sentence of 2 to 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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