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Hitchhiker with backpack full of weapons in custody

Sheriff terms Minooka man’s case ‘unusual’

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 8:51 a.m. CDT

A Minooka man was arrested by Grundy County Sheriff’s police Saturday after attempting to hitchhike while carrying a backpack full of weapons, according to a report.

Brett D. Knudson, 20, was charged with three counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner Identification Card.

Knudson was walking down Illinois 47, near Reed Road, with his thumb up when deputies stopped him. He was allegedly carrying a knife and a backpack.

A search of the backpack revealed guns, a taser, handcuffs and flexcuffs, rounds of ammunition, knives, a blue towel with apparent blood stains, and a journal.

According to the report, when asked why he had these items, Knudson stated: “In case I need to make a citizen’s arrest.”

Knudson also told deputies he had been awake for eight days straight.

Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said it was unclear where Knudson obtained the weapons and called the case “unusual.”

Knudson is currently in Grundy County jail.

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