Police have released a sketch of a suspect wanted for trying to lure two children into his minivan as they were on their way to their bus stops in Round Lake last week.
The Round Lake Police Department responded around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday to the 30 block of MacGillis Drive in Round Lake for reports of child luring.
Round Lake Police Chief David Prus told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that officers received two separate luring reports of juveniles.
The incidents occurred on MacGillis Drive between Whispering Oaks Lane and Treehouse Lane.
Both children, described as pre-teens, were not together but in the same general area as each other, Prus said.
The male suspect engaged in a conversation with each child and tried to get them to enter his vehicle.
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.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic or Asian, 5-foot-2 in height, with a slender and skinny build. He had short facial hair on his chin and spoke with a slight Spanish accent.
He was wearing blue jeans and a dark or black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, Prus said.
A surveillance camera captured the suspect’s vehicle, which is a gray 2021-2024 Toyota Sienna XLE Hybrid.
Prus released a sketch of the suspect on Monday after a forensic artist conducted a multi-victim composite sketch.
Officers in Round Lake are continuing to conduct extra patrols in the subdivisions during school bus pickup and drop-off times.
Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call the Round Lake Police Department Investigations Section at 847-546-8112.
Those who have information on the cases and are reporting it after business hours should call the CenCom Dispatch Center at 847-270-9111.
On Friday, an attempted kidnapping occurred in the Cherry Creek subdivision in the 700 block of Cherry Creek Drive in Grayslake.
The victim, a 17-year-old, reported they were walking home late Friday afternoon when a gray or silver minivan stopped next to them.
One of the males exited the minivan, which was occupied by two males, 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.
Grayslake Police Chief Phil Perlini said his department is collaborating with the Round Lake Police Department on the investigations.
Perlini said it is too early in the investigation to say whether the two incidents involve the same suspect.