A man reportedly armed with a shotgun and wanted in connection with the abduction of a man from a home in northwest suburban Streamwood Friday was charged with three felonies Saturday night after he turned himself in about 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Cook County courthouse in Maywood.
Keewon Taylor, of the 0-100 block of Helen Court in Streamwood, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking, and home invasion late Saturday, according to a release from Streamwood police.
The gunman, who was believed to be "mobile" in the Chicago metropolitan area, was the subject of a hourslong search Friday, but he couldn't be found, according to the Friday statement.
"Investigators believe he has left the immediate area,'' the statement read. The gunman is "no longer posing a threat to residents.''
The incident caused some schools to be placed on lockdown. Officers were called to the 3000 block of Lynwood Court at 11:20 a.m. because the victim, a 30-year-old man, had called police to say he'd been kidnapped, Streamwood police Cmdr. Randy Hart said.
The men know each other, but Hart would not elaborate.
The assailant was armed with a shotgun and he ordered the victim to drive him to an unknown area, and the victim complied. But the victim intentionally crashed the car not far away and was able to escape, Hart said.
"The offender then, once he realized the victim ran, probably realized this was a good time to run too," Hart said.
The gunman was still carrying the shotgun when he fled into a densely wooded area near Lake Street and Park Boulevard.
As of 4:05 p.m. the shotgun was found in that wooded area, said Hart.
The victim was not injured and is being interviewed by police, Hart said.
"We have established a perimeter in where we believe the person has run off to," Hart said during the search, for which multiple police officers, police dogs and a helicopter were used.
Tefft Middle School and Heritage Elementary School were put on lockdown, according to a police statement, and parents were required to pick up students from the schools. Residents in the area were warned to remain in their homes, according to Hart.
The gunman is described as a light-skinned black man in his 20s who was wearing a red sweat shirt with a white stripe on it and blue jeans, Hart said. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds.
Sheila Spinner, who was at work this afternoon at Brolite Products, 1900 S. Park Ave., said they received automated messages on their phones about 12:25 p.m. advising staffers and residents against leaving the building without police protection.
Spinner said Brolite is located in a business park near a residential area, and she said at 12:35 p.m. she could see multiple police vehicles and a helicopter.
"There’s all kinds of police activity," Spinner said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun