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Former deputy wanted in connection with carjacking surrenders in Earlville

Police have surrounded a home in the 300 block of Second Street in Earlville as they hunt for Lowell "Max" Ambler, a former LaSalle County Sheriff's deputy.
Police have surrounded a home in the 300 block of Second Street in Earlville as they hunt for Lowell "Max" Ambler, a former LaSalle County Sheriff's deputy.

EARLVILLE – A former LaSalle County Sheriff's deputy who had been pursued by police for two days surrendered to authorities Thursday morning, police said.

Lowell Maxwell "Max" Ambler, 46, of Mendota, was located at a home at 316 N. Second St. in Earlville around 7 a.m. Thursday, and police surrounded the house. Ambler, who was wanted in connection with an armed carjacking that took place in Plainfield on Wednesday morning, surrendered without a fight, LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said.

Police had blocked off the area around the home, and had a SWAT team on the scene, along with K-9 units and at least 15 police cars.

The search focused on the Earlville area since Wednesday afternoon, when a witness reported seeing a man matching Ambler's description in woods near the small LaSalle County community just south of DeKalb County.

A maroon Hyundai Santa Fe that Ambler is alleged to have stolen from a Plainfield resident was also found in the area, police have said.

Ambler is considered armed and dangerous, and may have a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, police have said. He is from Earlville and is familiar with the area.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

Read more about the search for Ambler here.

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