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State police issue public safety alert after man escapes from hospital transport near Minonk

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The Illinois State Police have issued a public safety alert after a Vermilion County man escaped from authorities in Woodford County.

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Illinois State Police
Javier Aguirre

Javier Aguirre, 47, of Hoopeston, escaped from a hospital transport van on Interstate 39 near Minonk around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night, said ISP.

Aerial and K9 searches have not turned up Aguirre.

Police have deemed him a danger to himself and others, and say he shouldn't be approached.

The Fieldcrest primary and high schools in Minonk are on a soft lockdown while police search for Aguirre.

It's unclear why Aguirre is deemed a risk to the public. He does not appear in a database of Illinois Department of Corrections detainees, or in Vermilion County court records.

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