Police standby at Round Lake High School during a shelter-in-place order that was issued for schools in District 116 Friday morning due to a police search nearby. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

A warrant has been issued for a burglary suspect who hit a police squad and a second vehicle in Round Lake Park and then fled on foot, prompting a shelter-in-place at Round Lake area schools.

Round Lake Park Police Chief Daniel Burch said officers were called to a domestic disturbance call in Round Lake Park Friday morning.

The offender, Samuel Cervantes, 28, fled the scene when approached by officers.

Cervantes struck a police squad car and the victim’s vehicle in the process, Burch said.

The vehicle fled the scene but was not pursued, Burch said, adding that Cervantes had active warrants outstanding.

Round Lake Beach police officers located the vehicle a short time later and witnesses in the area observed the offender flee the vehicle.

Burch said a perimeter was established and an area search was conducted with the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Round Lake Police Department and Round Lake Beach Police Department.

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The offender was not located and an arrest warrant was obtained for his arrest Friday afternoon charging him with burglary and criminal damage to property.

Police standby at Round Lake High School during a shelter-in-place order that was issued for schools in District 116 Friday morning due to a police search nearby. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

“Our investigation is ongoing and we anticipate additional charges soon,” Burch said.

Around 10:50 a.m. Friday, Round Lake Area Schools District 116 officials sent a message to parents regarding the situation.

All schools in the district with the exception of Kindergarten at Pleviak in Lake Villa were placed on a shelter-in-place.

School officials said all students were safe inside the schools.

Multiple police departments were seen searching a residential area along Cedar Lake Road and Beachview Drive in Round Lake Beach.

Officers were also present at multiple schools during the incident.

The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 11:45 a.m. Friday, school officials said.

Police officials said they did not ask District 116 to place schools on the shelter-in-place and the district did so on its own.

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