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CHESTER — A Chester man who was involved in an eight-hour negotiation and standoff with law enforcement was charged Monday with falsely making a terrorist threat after allegedly making threatening posts on social media.

In the charging document provided to the newspaper, Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker wrote that Toby Latham "knowingly made a threat to commit a terrorist act in that the Defendant claimed to have hostages which he threatened to kill if his requests were not met, the Defendant would not be taken alive by the police and threatened to have three bombs which he would detonate, knowing such statements to be false."  

The posts were made Sunday night or Monday morning.

The charge is a Class 1 felony.

According to a news release from Chester Police, Latham, 40, surrendered to Illinois State Police District 13, Zone 7 South SWAT, Illinois State Police Crisis Negotiation Team and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at 7:44 a.m. He was arrested and is being held in Randolph County Jail.

It was unclear who was handling the investigation.

Latham made his initial appearance in Randolph County court Monday where bond was set at $100,000. His case has been set to a status hearing at 10 a.m. Nov. 13.


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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin and Williamson counties.

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