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Waterman man charged with attempted murder after Elburn home filled with gas

ELBURN – A Waterman man is facing attempted murder charges after investigators found he tampered with a gas line to a home, casing it to fill with gas, police said Saturday.

Frank E. Ryan, 33, of Waterman was also charged with reckless conduct and battery, according to a news release from Elburn Police. If convicted of the most serious charge, attempted murder, he could face 6 to 30 years in prison.

Ryan is currently being held in the Kane County jail, the release stated.

Police were called to a report of a suspicious incident at a home in the 500 block of Downing Street in the village about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 19, the release stated.

Officers spoke with a man who said he awoke to a strong odor of natural gas inside his house and heard a loud hissing noise, and called 911, the release stated.

Police determined that someone tampered with the gas line to the residence, directing a flow of gas directly into the house.

The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, and the Aurora and Waterman police departments assisted Elburn police in the subsequent investigation, which led police to Ryan’s arrest, according to the release.

The investigation is ongoing, the release stated.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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