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1 in custody, 2 other suspects sought after unincorporated Grayslake home invasion

Laura R. Townsend, 22, of unincorporated Zion

A Zion woman is in custody and two men are being sought in connection with an armed home invasion in unincorporated Grayslake last week.

Police were called on May 21 at 1 a.m. to a home in the 18500 block of West Main Street in Gages Lake for a home invasion.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies found three people at the home who were robbed of their cell phones and money by three suspects, two who were armed with handguns. One of the victims was struck in the face with a gun by one of the male suspects but the victim’s injuries did not require hospitalization, Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Covelli said.

Covelli said that the home invasion was targeted and not random. He added that two of the suspects were described as being white or Hispanic males, both around 5-foot-5, in their late 20s or early 30s.

Police said that the third suspect, Laura R. Townsend, 22, of the 10700 block of West 17th Street in unincorporated Zion, was later arrested on May 29. She was taken into custody at her residence by the Lake County Sheriff’s Warrants Team and U.S. Marshals. Townsend was charged with home invasion and residential burglary, both felonies.

Detectives are working to determine the two other suspects involved. Officials said that they fled from the scene in a tan SUV, possibly a GMC. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 847-377-4250 or Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222.

Townsend remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $200,000 bond. She is due in court next on May 31.


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