Police say a suspect attempted to forcibly kidnap a child into a minivan in Grayslake Friday afternoon just days after child luring reports in Round Lake.
The Grayslake Police Department said they are actively investigating an attempted kidnapping incident.
The incident occurred in the Cherry Creek subdivision in the 700 block of Cherry Creek Drive.
The victim, a 17-year-old, reported they were walking home late Friday afternoon, police said.
A gray or silver minivan, occupied by two male subjects, stopped next to the victim.
One of the males exited the minivan and attempted to force the teenager into the vehicle, police said.
The victim was able to evade the grasp of the offender and escape from the scene.
The minivan fled the area and was last seen traveling towards Atkinson Road.
On Tuesday, a male driving a similar-colored minivan attempted to lure two different children moments apart on MacGillis Drive between Whispering Oaks Lane and Treehouse Lane in Round Lake.
The male suspect engaged in a conversation with each child and tried to get them to enter his vehicle, according to Round Lake Police Chief David Prus.
The suspect was unsuccessful in both attempts and fled the area before police arrived.
The children are students who were on their way to their bus stops, Prus said.
A surveillance camera captured the suspect’s vehicle, which is believed to be a Toyota Sienna minivan.
Grayslake Police Chief Phil Perlini said his department is collaborating with the Round Lake Police Department in their investigation.
Perlini said it is too early in the investigation to say whether the two incidents involve the same suspect.
“The detectives are in and actively working this case,” Perlini said Saturday morning.
The suspect in the Grayslake case is described as being 5-foot-8, 200 pounds, wearing a blue surgical mask and a black hooded shirt.