Three teens sitting in a car were reportedly robbed at gunpoint and beaten by eight suspects in a Wauconda neighborhood early Saturday morning.
A woman from McHenry, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her and her son’s safety, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that her son and two of his friends were sitting in a vehicle in the Country Ridge subdivision in Wauconda.
A white newer model Jeep Cherokee and a black sedan pulled up next to their vehicle around 2 a.m. Saturday on Old Country Way.
Seven masked men and one man, who was not wearing a mask, got out and opened all of the doors to the teens’ vehicle, the woman said.
The suspects demanded the three teens’ phones and wallets but they refused. The suspects began battering them and forcefully took one of the teens’ phones out of his hand.
“My son’s friend ended up hitting the guy in the face and got the phone back then the guy pistol hit him in the back of the head,” the woman said.
The suspects were armed with at least two guns and one of the suspects held a gun to one of the victim’s faces.
The suspects stole an Xbox, longboard, wallet and other items from the victim’s vehicle. The three victims were not seriously hurt.
A police report was filed with the Wauconda Police Department.
Police told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the suspects in the armed robbery are believed to be the same ones who burglarized vehicles in the subdivision overnight Friday into Saturday morning.
Officers pursued four of the masked, hooded suspects but called off the vehicle pursuit due to safety concerns.
“WPD urges residents to check their yards and vehicles for suspicious or missing items, including garage door openers. Call if you have info, video or if you need to make a report and #LockYourDoors!” the Wauconda Police Department said on Facebook on Saturday.