Former LaSalle County deputy taken into custody

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Updated: October 5, 2017

EARLVILLE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Authorities in north central Illinois say they've captured a former LaSalle County sheriff's deputy wanted for contacting the mother of the teenage girl he's accused of holding against her will.

Lee County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Lowell Maxwell (Max) Ambler of Mendota is now in custody. LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton says Ambler was "peacefully taken into custody" Thursday morning.

Ambler was in a friend's house in Earlville. He walked out of the house and surrendered. Templeton says the friend wasn't harmed.

Authorities previously said they believed Ambler may be armed with a semi-automatic weapon and they considered him dangerous.

Ambler was arrested Sept. 15 and charged with home invasion and aggravated kidnapping. He was freed on $250,000 bond. A warrant was issued for his arrest after he contacted the girl's mother Sunday.

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Lee County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a LaSalle County Sheriff’s deputy they believe is armed and dangerous.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says Lowell Maxwell Ambler, also known as Max, is a suspect in a carjacking this morning in Plainfield. Officers say Ambler pulled the driver from the car at gunpoint. Ambler is the man investigators believe also stole a car from rural Mendota Monday night and allegedly drove to the home of a victim in Plainfield. Ambler was originally wanted for violating his bond on two charges of home invasion and kidnapping back in August.