Westmont man accused of bringing concealed gun to BMW Championship
Sun-Times Media September 17, 2013 10:42AM
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:07PM
Lake Forest police arrested a Westmont man Monday morning, after police said he tried to bring a concealed firearm into the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms.
Deputy Chief Karl Walldorf said police expect the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office to file felony charges soon.
The suspect’s weapon was found shortly after 7 a.m. Monday during routine security procedures at the BMW Championship main entrance, police said. The event attracts the world’s top golfers and was won by Zach Johnson Monday. Tournament play was set to end Sunday, but rain delayed the golf matches an extra day.
Based on information obtained after the suspect’s arrest, Walldorf said, authorities shifted their concerns to a remote parking lot on Riverwoods Road south of Illinois Route 60. A trained explosives detection canine from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms detected the presence of suspicious substances in an automobile owned by the suspect, Walldorf added.
Explosives technicians from the Waukegan Fire Department, using a remotely controlled explosives robot, searched the trunk of the car and determined that no explosives were present. However, two additional firearms were recovered, Walldorf said.
This parking lot for the BMW Championship was closed while his vehicle was cleared and parking was shifted to a planned alternate location Monday. Riverwoods Road was closed to all traffic from Illinois Route 60 south to Everett Road at 8:50 a.m. while officers conducted their search in the remote lot. All traffic on Riverwoods Road resumed and the parking lot was reopened by 10:50 a.m.
Federal authorities and the Lake Forest Police Department were also assisted Monday by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincolnshire Police Department, the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District and the Lake County Department of Transportation.