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DuPage County Sheriff

John E. Zaruba


Contact Information: Dawn Domrose 630.407.2010

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sheriff Thwarts Possible Courthouse Attack

Sheriff John E. Zaruba announced the arrest of a Lombard man who threatened to do a “Columbine type” shooting at the DuPage County Courthouse.  

Daniel P. McDade (dob 07/01/81) of the 2700 block of Highland Ave. in Lombard, has been charged with two felonies and has been taken into custody. 

          Sheriff’s Detectives, utilizing information received from a citizen’s tip, immediately began an investigation into threats made by McDade against employees at the DuPage County Courthouse and threating extreme violence on April 4th.  

 During the investigation, Detectives on April 2nd located McDade in Denver Colorado.  Sheriff’s Detectives contacted the Denver Police Department and gave them an approximate location where McDade could be.  With the information provided McDade was located living at a hotel/apartment in the 1900 block of Colorado Blvd, Denver, where he was taken into custody.  

McDade was on bail for a Driving under the Influence of Alcohol charge where he was ordered by the court to refrain from using drugs or alcohol or leaving the State of Illinois.  

On Sunday, March 31st, McDade was notified to appear at the DuPage County Courthouse on April 4th for a drug test which is a part of the conditions of his bail. Shortly after receiving this notice, he became upset and proceeded to post several threating and disturbing messages on “Facebook”. In his multiple messages, McDade allegedly stated that on April 4th he would shoot several people including children, police and public officials in a “Columbine” type shooting at the Courthouse.  

Sheriff’s Detectives obtained two felony warrants for McDades arrest and with the assistance from Denver Police Department he was taken into custody. McDade has been charged with one felony count of Threating a Public Official which is a class 3 felony and one count of Disorderly Conduct which is a class 4 felony. McDade is currently being held in the Denver County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to DuPage County. 

  “All threats no matter how extreme or seemingly insignificant need to be taken seriously,” Sheriff Zaruba said. “It is my responsibility to maintain a safe and secure environment for those who either attend or work in our Courthouse. I would like to thank the Denver Police Department for their assistance in locating and detaining the suspect,”   he continued.  

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office reminds readers that any charges indicated in this document are merely accusations, and the listed defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.