CHICAGO (CBS) — With both the nation, and the city, on high alert, police are taking no chances on potential terrorist threats.
Last night, there was a large police response on the Gold Coast, as officers were trying to figure out whether an incident was the real deal, a false alarm or a drunken joy ride.READ MORE: Alphonso Joyner, 23, Charged With Shooting And Killing 71-Year-Old Woom Sing Tse In Broad Daylight In Chinatown
On Rush Street last night, SWAT teams descended with heavy weapons, after two people pulled up in a white van and yelled out that they were with ISIS.
The suspects were described as bearded men in a white van with temporary plates. When police tried to stop them, the van sped away.
Uniformed cops and SWAT teams buzzed the area but they never caught the suspects.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Increasing Clouds Wednesday Night, Snow Flurries Possible Thursday Morning
Police now believe they were probably just joking around.
CBS 2 Security Consultant Ross Rice said: “It’s something common sense would tell you you can’t and shouldn’t do.
“You can’t make false threats. You can’t claim there’s a bomb on a plane. You can’t go up and down the street yelling you’re ISIS. It just doesn’t work.”
Today, SWAT teams hit the CTA Blue Line at LaSalle after reports of a suspicious person of “Middle Eastern descent who kept looking around suspiciously,” according to police dispatch reports.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
Despite the response, police later said the report was unfounded.