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Reports released by the City of Highland Park as part of a Freedom of Information Act request shed further light on previous contact police have had with 4th of July parade shooting suspect Bobby Crimo .

An April 29, 2019 report on a medical checkup for the then 18-year-old Crimo said he had a history of suicide attempts and had attempted suicide with a machete the previous week. A complaint and the alleged suicide attempt were handled by mental health professionals, and police were dispatched a week later following a “late third-party complaint”. There were no threats of violence made by Crimo against himself or others on the day police were contacted, according to the report.

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Police returned to the Crimo family home on September 5, 2019, according to another report. An officer reported that Crimo said he threatened the house and was “going to kill everyone”. The report was partially redacted, but there was a reference to someone stating he was afraid to go home because of the threat, and to a collection of knives in a bedroom.

Officers spoke with Crimo and his mother, and Crimo admitted to being depressed three days earlier and having a history of drug use, according to the report. The report said Crimo was “unavailable as to what language he used on Monday, nor was his mother.”

Police said they learned the knives belonged to Crimo’s father, who agreed to hand over a collection of 16 knives that were stored in a tin lunch box, a 12-inch dagger and a 24-inch samurai-type blade. thumbs that was stored in young Crimo’s bedroom for safekeeping, according to the report.

Young Crimo was asked if he felt like hurting himself or others and he said no, according to the report. Crimo was told to contact the police if he needed their help or medical assistance, according to the report.

The report says a clear and present danger form was submitted to the Illinois State Police at that time.

A clear and present danger restriction requires a preponderance of evidence that a FOID applicant poses a danger — which is a heavier burden than probable cause, the state’s police chief explained earlier on Wednesday. Illinois, Brendan Kelly. State police said that in Crimo’s case, Crimo and his mother disputed the threat of violence, and Crimo said the police had no desire to harm themselves or others. State police also noted that the Highland Park police report said the knives belonged to Crimo’s father and were given to him.

“As stated by Highland Park Police, there was no probable cause for arrest,” state police said in a news release. ”

Kelly further pointed out that between the time of Crimo’s meeting with police in September 2019 and the time Crimo applied for a FOID card three months later, “there was nothing new in between.”

“So since the time of this report, knowing this information, nothing new has changed anything about what was in this report. Again, no new arrests. No new confrontations with the No new crimes committed. No new protective orders.. No new gun prohibition orders. So there was nothing that added to that at the time the decision was made. to issue the FOID card,” Kelly said. “So again, having changed nothing from that initial report in the interim, there were no circumstances where that original report of clear and present danger would have impacted the decision at this time- where the FOID card was issued.”


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