Beach Park Man Arrested after Falsely Reporting Hostage Situation

Above, Robert Bruckner of Beach Park was arrested and charged with reporting a false hostage situation. – LCSO

by Tina Johansson

A Beach Park man who called 911 Sunday night to report that a gunman had shot his sister was arrested for false reporting of a hostage situation.

The LCSO Tactical Response Team entered the residence the hostage taker was believed to have been in. However, no one was inside the residence.

The man told dispatchers the gunman was holding his father hostage with a gun to his head and then shot his mother in the head.

At approximately 9 p.m. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the home in the 38300 block of North Avenue, Beach Park, the same address where caller Robert Bruckner, 51, resides, and immediately formed a perimeter around the area where the situation was reportedly taking place.

The LCSO Tactical Response Team entered the residence the hostage taker was believed to have been in. However, no one was inside the residence.

After investigating, it was determined Bruckner’s family was safe, in Wisconsin, and none of them had been taken hostage.  Bruckner was transported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division where he was interviewed by sheriff’s detectives.  According to reports, he did not provide an explanation for his false report.

Bruckner was charged with one count of disorderly conduct (Class 4 Felony).  He is currently being held on $10,000 bond and has a court date of June 16.

Sheriff Curran reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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