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Suspect in home invasion, kidnapping surrenders

Updated: November 1, 2012 6:36AM

STREAMWOOD — A Streamwood man who allegedly kidnapped an acquaintance Friday morning — disrupting school bus travel, causing several schools to be placed on secure status and causing Poplar Creek Public Library to close hours early, as dozens of police conducted an eight-hour manhunt — is in police custody.

Streamwood police said Saturday that Keewon Taylor, 20, of the 0 to 100 block of Helen Court, surrendered late Friday night at the Cook County Courthouse in suburban Maywood. They said he will be charged with kidnapping and armed robbery.

Police say a 30-year-old man, who knew Taylor from a relationship they did not explain, was taken at gunpoint at 11:20 a.m. Friday from a home on the 3000 block of Lynwood Court in Streamwood. Armed with a shotgun, the offender ordered the man to get into a car and drive him to an undisclosed location.

But, police say, the victim tried to escape from the moving car soon after that, the car crashed into a fence and the offender fled on foot toward a densely-wooded area near Lake Street and Park Boulevard.

“Dozens” of area police departments established a perimeter around that area throughout the day Friday: east of Bartlett Road, west of Park Boulevard, north of Lake Street and south of Irving Park Road, according to Streamwood Police Cmdr. Randy Hart.

Police say they found the man’s shotgun near where he was last seen. But the kidnapper somehow evaded all the searchers until at 7:30 p.m. Streamwood police concluded that Taylor had left the area of the crime and no longer posed a threat to area residents.

Elgin School District U46 spokesman Patrick Mogge said the district put several schools in Streamwood, Bartlett and Hanover Park into secure building mode at about 11:30 a.m. Friday. That limits movement in and out of school buildings and differs from a lockdown.

Initially, that included Eastview Middle School, Independence Center for Early Learning and Bartlett Elementary School in Bartlett, as well as Ontarioville, Parkwood and Laurel Hill elementary schools in Hanover Park. But by mid-afternoon, only Tefft Middle School and Heritage Elementary School, both in Streamwood, remained locked up. As classes ended for the day, parents were urged to pick up their children and school-bus travel through the search area was blocked, which affected even travel from schools outside the search area.

Police said they believe Taylor specifically targeted the victim and the crime was not a random act, but they did not explain what they believe led to the kidnapping.

The Poplar Creek Public Library on Park Avenue in Streamwood also was placed on lockdown, and later closed early for the day.

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