Chicago/Suburbs

ELMHURST UNIVERSITY LOCKDOWN CAUSED BY STUDENT FIBBING TO BUY DRUGS

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

May 18, 2021

ELMHURST, IL — According to authorities, a 25-year-old Elmhurst University student was accused Monday with fraudulently reporting a gunman on campus last month.  Elmhurst police accused Darnel Baalbaki of Bellwood with felony disorderly behavior.

Baalbaki is accused of buying meth from a man in a university parking lot on April 28 and then fleeing without paying the agreed-upon sum.  He then acknowledged to filing a fake complaint that there was a gunman on campus, according to Elmhurst police.

Police sources confirmed that Baalbaki confessed that he had never seen someone with a gun.

After university officials stated an armed person was reported near Dinkmeyer residence hall and again near Niebuhr residence hall approximately half an hour later, students were instructed to stay in place for nearly two hours on April 28.

York High School was placed on soft lockdown as a precaution.

Baalbaki’s bail was set at $25,000.

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