An 18-year-old Wisconsin man, who allegedly entered a vehicle and forced the driver to take him to a location in Highland Park, was arrested after police used a drone to find him early Friday morning.
Gabriel Trevon Antonio Lopez, 18, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged with vehicular invasion, a Class 1 felony, unlawful restraint, a Class 3 felony and resisting or obstructing a peace officer, a Class A misdemeanor.
The Highland Park Police Department responded around 4:21 a.m. Friday to a report of a vehicular invasion that occurred in the 700 block of St. Johns Avenue.
Police said that Lopez entered a vehicle and forced the adult victim to drive him to a location in the 0-100 block of Skokie Valley Road in Highland Park. Lopez then fled on a bicycle.
Police saw Lopez fleeing on the bicycle northbound on the Skokie Valley Bike Trail south of Park Avenue West. Lopez abandoned the bicycle and fled on foot.
A perimeter was established and the Highland Park Police Department’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) was deployed. The UAS located Lopez hiding in heavy brush, police said.
“As officers approached the suspect, he again fled on foot to a retention pond where he was taken into custody without incident at 6:22 AM,” the department said in a statement.
The victim of the vehicular invasion was not injured and Lopez did not display or imply a weapon during the incident, police said.
Court and jail records for Lopez were not immediately available Friday evening.