Ex-Woodridge cop's family worried about his future

October 20, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Scott Webb was on the run for months. His family is relieved he is safe but worried about what is next.

Webb's police star and some memorabilia sit in a cabinet in his sister's home. For nearly five months she's heard nothing from him until learning of his arrest Tuesday night. The news brought mixed emotions.

"It was a relief knowing that he was alive and well and that I would now be able to see him again...but he is going to be put in the jail where there's people that he put in there," said Dawn Ferralez, sister.

The DuPage County state's attorney has charged the former 16-year-veteran Woodridge officer with stealing some $30,000 from a charity he helped organize called Crawlin' for the Fallen, a pub crawl to raise money for families of fallen officers.

Shortly after the charges were announced in late May Webb disappeared. Acting on a tip, police in Branson, Missouri found him in a home he was renting with a friend he had apparently just met.

Craig Figgins, president of Crawlin' fo the Fallen, told ABC7, "I am relieved they caught him and he didn't do anything crazy to himself or another officer."

His family is relieved to have him safe as well. They have talked to him briefly on the phone and look forward to helping him fight the charges.

"The whole time I knew Scott was innocent. I know he is," said Ramon Ferralez, brother-in-law.

"He took great pride in that badge," said John Webb, brother.

Authorities say they expect Webb to be extradited back to the DuPage County Jail by early next week. They will likely ask to increase his $250,000 bond, and it's possible they will file more charges against him.

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