Police find sexual assault convict in secret room after 2-month manhunt in Illinois

A convicted sex offender who had been on the run for two months was found in a hidden room that he apparently built at his wife's home in northern Illinois.

Shawn Lipsey, 40, was convicted in November of six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecent solicitation of a child. He was released on bail but failed to appear at a January sentencing hearing, The (Aurora) Beacon-News reported (http://trib.in/1CcNlja ).

Officers took him into custody following a raid by a SWAT unit on Tuesday, after receiving a tip that he was at his wife's home in Newark, about 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

"It was wild," said Kendall County sheriff's Deputy Bryan Harl. "Lipsey was located in the home, hiding in a specially constructed room. He made a fake wall, and it had hinges. He was hiding behind it."

The room looked lived-in, Harl said. Deputies don't know how long Lipsey had been hiding there.

"Once we located him, Lipsey surrendered and was taken into custody," Harl said. "There was no resistance. There was no fighting."

The team looking for him included officers from the Kendall County Sheriff's Office, the county's Cooperative Assistance Team and U.S. marshals.


Information from: The Beacon-News, http://beaconnews.chicagotribune.com/