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15 years in prison for Lake in the Hills man who hit former boss with car, tried to kidnap him

Paul B. Metz, 47, of Lake in the Hills.

A Lake in the Hills man who struck his former boss with a vehicle, robbed him and then tried to kidnap him in 2018 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Paul B. Metz, 47, of the 1000 block of Sycamore Street in Lake in the Hills, was facing a slew of 13 charges including attempted murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping, aggravated fleeing police and aggravated battery.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office offered Metz a plea deal, which included the man pleading guilty to attempted aggravated kidnapping and other charges being dropped. In exchange, Metz was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Police say Metz drove to the Des Plaines home of his 61-year-old former boss, a Des Plaines plumbing business owner, on May 1, 2018.

Metz lured the victim outside by honking his horn and then ended up hitting the man with a stolen Toyota Camry.

Metz then attempted to force the victim into the car, but failed when police officers arrived at the scene following 911 calls from neighbors reporting the disturbance, police said.

Metz got into the Toyota and attempted to hit two police officers as he fled. He drove at a high rate of speed before losing control of the car and crashing into a home in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Officers arrested Metz following the incident and he was transported to a local hospital.

The victim he initially struck sustained serious injuries. Officers recovered plastic ties and a box cutter from Metz’s vehicle.

The former boss later died in October 2018 from hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease with obesity as a contributing factor, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Metz was transferred earlier this month to Stateville Correctional Center to serve his sentence.