Police release sketch of Round Lake luring suspect

Round Lake police have released a composite sketch of a suspect and more detailed information on his possible vehicle involved in the reported luring of students last week.

The composite sketch was made by a forensic artist based on victims’ accounts, police said Monday.

The vehicle used during the Jan. 23 incident is a gray 2021 through 2024 Toyota Sienna XLE Hybrid minivan, according to police.

Police said officers responded at about 6:50 a.m. Jan. 23 to two separate reports of a man attempting to lure in juveniles along MacGillis Drive between Whispering Oaks and Treehouse lanes.

The suspect was described as standing about 5’2“, with a slender/skinny build, short facial hair on his chin and speaking with a slight accent. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark or black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.

An investigation continues and police are conducting extra patrols in the area.

Round Lake police say this vehicle was involved in two attempts last week to lure children along MacGillis Drive between Whispering Oaks and Treehouse lanes. Courtesy of Round Lake Police Department

That is also the case in Grayslake, where school officials Sunday warned of an attempted kidnapping. According to police, the kidnapping attempt occurred late Friday afternoon in the 700 block of Cherry Creek Drive in the Cherry Creek subdivision.

The victim in that report said a gray or silver minivan occupied by two men stopped next to them. One of the men, described as about 5’ 8“, 200 pounds and wearing a blue surgical mask and black hooded sweatshirt, got out and tried to force the victim into the vehicle. The victim was able to escape, police said.

A search for the suspect continues, police said.

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