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Evanston police arrested a man at about 3 p.m. Monday at the main branch of the public library on Orrington Avenue, after what officers described as “a confrontation between security and a male subject.”
The man arrested is now in custody, though the specific charges against him are pending the results of an ongoing investigation, EPD Commander Ryan Glew told the RoundTable Monday night.
A tip received by the RoundTable stated that the library security guard who initially confronted the man in question was holding a gun, and Glew confirmed that “security personnel did present a firearm.”
In a statement to the RoundTable, Evanston Public Library Marketing and Communications Manager Jenette Sturges said the man arrested was a library “patron.”
“Evanston Public Library staff followed previous training to evacuate the third-floor area where the incident occurred. Nobody was injured in the incident,” Sturges said. “We would like to thank our staff and the Evanston Police and Fire Department for their quick response in keeping fellow staff and patrons safe.”
No one was injured, and the incident did not involve anyone except for the security guard. EPD arrived after receiving a call about the situation and “arrested the subject confronted by the security guard,” Glew said.
Both Sturges and Glew said they expect to have more information to share with the public once EPD finishes its investigation, which should conclude within a day or two.
As part of its response to the incident, EPL is also reviewing its own safety and security protocols “to ensure the continued safety of our patrons and staff,” Sturges said.
If you were at the library when this incident occurred on Monday and would be willing to discuss what you saw, please contact the RoundTable at firstname.lastname@example.org.