Monday morning, September 23, at 8:05 AM, the Geneseo Police Department received word of a man making threats at Holland and Sons, a John Deere dealership on Route 6, in Geneseo. The police immediately responded, but the suspect fled the scene, until they were able to apprehend him near the corner of Chicago and Ogden Streets, about 2 miles away.
There, Michael L. Allen, 44, of Moline was taken into custody. However, the car he was in had to be searched and cleared of containing a bomb. Police and emergency personnel evacuated a perimeter of 1500 foot around the vehicle, causing St. Malachy School students to be transported to Geneseo Middle School. That was also the scene of the emergency crisis center set up by police agencies, including the Illinois State Police, Henry County Sheriff, Geneseo Police, Quad City Bomb Squad, Davenport Police, and Scott County Sheriff. Mayor Kathy Carroll-Duda was there, as well as other city staff. Other residents, businesses, and churches were also evacuated, including Woodridge Assisted Living, St. Malachy Catholic Church, and Geneseo Evangelical Free Church.
Geneseo Police Deputy Chief Gene Karzin headed up communications and agency coordination during the crisis, with assistance from Ofc. Tim Steines. The area around the car was closed off for approximately three hours while the threat was contained. Eventually, the bomb squad gave the "all clear" signal.
Deputy Chief Karzin, in a press conference at City Hall said, "this individual is known to police." He did not elaborate, but said more details would be released in the coming days as the investigation continues.
It is expected that a search warrant will be obtained of the suspect's premises and electronic devices to determine motive, and to see if he had the means to build and detonate a bomb. A search of the car, and of Mr. Allen, did not find a gun, according to Deputy Chief Karzin. When contacted Monday afternoon, the office at Holland and Sons declined to comment on the incident.