Metro-East News

Chester man in 8-hour standoff with police charged with making false threats

Toby Latham
Toby Latham

Chester police, a SWAT team and other authorities surrounded a Chester man’s apartment for eight hours Monday in a negotiation for his surrender.

Toby Latham, 40, was arrested at 7:44 a.m. for making threats on social media Sunday night, according to police.

He was charged Monday afternoon with falsely making a terrorist threat, according to court records.

The Randolph County Herald Tribune reported that according to charging documents, Latham “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.”

Chester police and other authorities gathered in the 1100 block of George Street on Monday morning as a negotiator tried to make contact with Latham on a loudspeaker, police said.

Latham is scheduled for an attorney status hearing Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.

In 2005 and 2007, Latham pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer, according to court records.

Chester police were assisted by Illinois State Police District 13, Zone 7 South SWAT, Illinois State Police Crisis Negotiation Team and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office to make the arrest.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6