A Batavia juvenile faces charges for possessing explosives following a multi-agency investigation that included the FBI.
According to a Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release, the Batavia Police Department, the Kane County Bomb Squad, the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, the FBI and U.S. Postal Service inspectors and the Kane County State’s Attorney Office were involved in the investigation that led to charges filed Friday (Nov. 29, 2019).
Authorities recently received information that a juvenile had possession of potentially explosive materials. Further investigation led to the charges.
Batavia Chief of Police Dan Eul said any potential danger ended when the arrest was made.
“Our priority is the public’s safety,” he said. “We believe that there is no current threat to the public.”
The juvenile is presently in custody at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, the State’s Attorney’s Office said.
Illinois’ Juvenile Court Act prohibits the release of more specific information, including but not limited to the juvenile‘s identity.
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon thanked all of the agencies involved in the case.
“Their collaborative work has proved essential in keeping our communities safe,” he said.
The charges against the juvenile are not proof of guilt. The juvenile is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release