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Lombard man charged after allegedly threatening to perform 'Columbine'-type shooting at DuPage County Courthouse

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 5:16 p.m. CDT

LOMBARD — A Lombard man who allegedly posted messages on Facebook threatening to perform a "Columbine"-type shooting at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton was arrested by police last week in Denver after an investigation by the DuPage County Sherrif's office.

Daniel McDade, 31, of the 2700 block of South Highland Avenue, was arrested by Denver police and charged with one felony count of threatening a public official and one felony count of disorderly conduct after detectives from the sheriff's department acted on a tip that McDade allegedly had made threats to cause harm and violence at the county courthouse, police said.

On March 31, McDade received notice that he needed to appear at the courthouse on April 4 for a drug test, as a condition of his bail. McDade had previously been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and ordered by the court to refrain from using drugs or alcohol and to stay in Illinois.

After receiving the notice, he allegedly became angry and posted several messages on Facebook that threatened violence. In one of the messages, he said he would shoot children, police and public officials in a "Columbine"-type shooting at the DuPage County Courthouse on April 4.

During the investigation, detectives learned McDade was out of state and contacted the Denver Police Department on April 2 with a location of where he was. He was found living in a hotel/apartment in the 1900 block of Colorado Boulevard and was arrested by the Denver police on two felony warrants issued by the sheriff's office.

McDade is currently being held at the Denver County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to DuPage County.

"All threats, no matter how extreme or seemingly insignificant, need to be taken seriously," said DuPage County Sheriff John E. Zaruba. "It is my responsibility to maintain a safe and secure environment for those who either attend or work in our courthouse."

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