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Police: Wauconda man had explosives in home, threatened to blow up police

Authorities searched home, evacuated neighborhood after receiving tip Thursday

Andreas Stachel, 49, of Wauconda, is facing charges for unlawful possession of explosives or incendiary devices, a Class 1 Felony; unlawful use of weapons, a Class 3 Felony; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a Class 4 Felony.
Andreas Stachel, 49, of Wauconda, is facing charges for unlawful possession of explosives or incendiary devices, a Class 1 Felony; unlawful use of weapons, a Class 3 Felony; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a Class 4 Felony.

WAUCONDA – Police said they discovered four illegal explosive devices in the home of a Wauconda man who threatened to lure and blow up police officers on Thursday.

Andreas Stachel, 49, was charged Friday with unlawful possession of explosives or incendiary devices, a Class 1 felony; unlawful use of weapons, a Class 3 felony; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a Class 4 felony.

The charges come a day after Wauconda police searched Stachel’s home in the 400 block of Lakeshore Boulevard and evacuated the surrounding neighborhood after receiving a tip that he might have had explosives.

Police said Stachel went to Super Pawn in Round Lake to buy a rifle and told an employee he is terminally ill and was planning to lure police to his home with the intention of blowing the home up.

The employee notified police of the threats, and police later obtained a search warrant and evacuated a 1,400-foot radius surrounding his residence.

As the search began, a traffic stop was made on Stachel, and he was taken into custody without incident.

A search of Stachel’s home uncovered four illegal explosive devices and a large quantity of marijuana, police said. Police also seized numerous firearms and ammunition for safekeeping.

Stachel was taken to the hospital at 2:30 a.m. Friday for a psychiatric evaluation. He will appear before a judge in bond court when he is released, police said.

The Wauconda fire and public works departments, Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Waukegan Bomb Squad, Illinois State Police, ISP Crisis Negotiators, ISP SWAT, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Explosives Detection Canines all assisted in Thursday night’s search.

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