Four 19-year-old men were taken into custody after the stolen car they were in crashed in Crystal Lake, and all four ran from police Monday afternoon.
Zishon D. Hunt, 19, of Zion, was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing/damage of property, reckless driving, obstructing identification, resisting a peace officer, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.
A McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a stolen gray 2015 Dodge Durango driving southbound Route 31 near Route 14 in Crystal Lake around 3:20 p.m. Monday.
The Durango, which was reported stolen from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin on July 4, exited Route 31 and went westbound on Route 14 before turning into the Outback Steakhouse parking lot, 4751 Northwest Highway.
The sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over in the parking lot but it fled and crashed nearby on Route 14 west of Route 31, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. Four men exited the stolen Durango and ran from police.
“Attention Residents in the area of Route 31/Route 14 in Crystal Lake. We are currently investigating an incident in which multiple subjects fled from a stolen vehicle. At this time the only description we have is that they are black males,” the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office posted on social media.
“If you live in the area please make sure your vehicles are locked and no keys are left in them. If you see any suspicious people please call 911 to report them,” the sheriff’s office added.
A large police response from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Crystal Lake and Cary police departments and canine units responded to the area near Route 14 and Sands Road to search for the suspects.
Two of the men were taken into custody and a perimeter was setup while police searched for the other two near Sands Road and Terrace Drive.
The other two suspects were both taken into custody a short time later. “Several subjects are in-custody. We would like to take this time to remind residents that is you #SeeSomethingSaySomething,” the sheriff’s office posted in an update Monday evening.
Hunt and the three other 19-year-old men, who are from Waukegan, were transported to the McHenry County Jail.
One of the Waukegan men posted bail early Tuesday morning and was released. The other two Waukegan men were released after having their misdemeanor charges dismissed during court Tuesday morning.
Hunt, who was allegedly the driver of the stolen car, remains held in the McHenry County Jail on a $60,000 bond.
“Car has been recovered by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department. Thank you to everyone who shared my posts and helped in spotting the vehicle during the past few days. Also, thank you to all the police officers who were involved in both the apprehension of the suspects and to those who tried previously. Greatly appreciate everyone’s help,” the owner of the stolen vehicle posted on Facebook Tuesday evening.