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Two questioned, worker charged after false 911 calls at Menasha Packaging facility

PONTOON BEACH, Illinois (From news reports) -- A St. Louis man faces felony charges after allegedly making false claims about someone trying to kill him and shots being fired inside a Menasha Packaging facility on Tuesday morning.

Johnny B. Sesson, 27, is charged with one count of disorderly conduct and one count of possession of methamphetamines. The case was presented to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office Wednesday.

Sesson's bond was set at $50,000. He was being held at Madison County Jail awaiting a psychological evaluation as of Wednesday afternoon.

The charges come after Pontoon Beach Police Department received a 911 call from a male suspect, who was later identified as Sesson, at 8 a.m. Tuesday reporting shots being fired inside Menasha Packaging. The warehouse -- which is Sesson's place of work -- is located at 9 Gateway Commerce Center Drive.

Officers arrived on scene about two minutes after the initial call, Pontoon Beach Police Chief Chris Modrusic said. Upon arrival, Modrusic said, a warehouse supervisor told officers he did not hear any gunshots or see anything out of the ordinary.

Several agencies from around Madison County were called for mutual-aid assistance. Multiple searches produced no active shooter or evidence that any shots were fired inside or outside of the building.

No injuries occurred in the incident and no weapon was found after about three hours on scene.

During a search of the roughly 200 employees that were evacuated, Sesson approached an officer and stated he was the 911 caller.

Modrusic said Sesson then pointed out another male who he claimed was the suspect.

Sesson was placed in the back of an unmarked squad car and the alleged suspect was detained before both were transported to the Pontoon Beach Police Department for further questioning.

The department's detective interviewed both subjects and determined there were never any threats made or shots fired by the detained male or any other Menasha employee.

The detained male was released without charges.


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