A Crystal Lake man has been charged after police responded to a report that a child had been kidnapped in Crystal Lake, which turned out to be unfounded.
Ryan J. Smith, 18, of the 1400 block of Yosemite Circle in Crystal Lake, was charged with one count of reckless conduct, a Class A misdemeanor.
An Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network (ISPERN) broadcast was issued to area police departments around 4:30 p.m. on October 18 about a possible kidnapping.
The alert said a child was reported to have been placed in the trunk of a vehicle by a man near Randall Road and Ackman Road in Crystal Lake.
A vehicle description and suspect description were included in the broadcast.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Richard Neumann said officers responded to the intersection after being notified of the report.
Officers conducted an “extensive investigation” and determined a kidnapping had not been committed, Neumann said.
Neumann said at the time that the male driver and male passenger involved were identified and interviewed.
“The Crystal Lake Police Department would like to thank our responsive community for their willingness to provide information they believed to be relevant to this investigation,” Neumann said.
Court records show Smith, who was the driver of the vehicle involved, was charged last Thursday.
A criminal complaint said Smith endangered the safety of another man by driving a 2005 Toyota Camry in a reckless manner.
The other man was confined in the trunk of the Toyota while Smith was driving, the complaint said.
Smith was released from the Crystal Lake Police Department after posting a $100 cash bond.
Smith is scheduled to appear in court on November 15 for an arraignment hearing.