Earlville officials confirm manhunt over, suspect in police custody

EARLVILLE, Ill. -- A suspect is now in police custody after a manhunt in the small town of Earlville in LaSalle County.

The sheriff says the search for Lowell "Max" Ambler, 46, a former LaSalle County deputy, ended peacefully when Ambler surrendered to authorities Thursday morning.

Ambler's father was once the Earlville Chief of Police. The help of Ambler's father and a sister is said to have been pivotal in getting Ambler to surrender.

Ambler was a fugitive after violating his bond for kidnapping and home invasion.

Police say he carjacked an SUV near Plainfield Wednesday morning. The SUV was found Wednesday night near the Earlville Cemetery, not far from the grave site of his teenaged son, who died of cancer two years ago.

The searchers spotted Ambler, but he ran away.

Police tactical units surrounded the home Ambler was in around 7 a.m. Thursday after numerous tips from neighbors reporting a break-in.  The occupants were seen fleeing the home soon after, while Ambler remained holed up inside.

As a precaution, school was canceled Thursday in Earlville.

Earlville is about 77 miles southwest of Chicago.