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Lake County Man Tries to Abduct Four Girls

A Lake Villa man has been charged with attempted aggravated kidnapping after police said he chased four young girls in Beach Park Wednesday.

A Lake Villa man is in jail on $1 million bond after he was arrested Wednesday by the Lake County Sheriff's Department for attempting to abduct four little girls in Beach Park.

Henry Wright, 29, of the 25000 block of Arcade Dr. in Lake Villa, is charged with four counts of Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping and four counts of Child Abduction.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department reported that Wright attempted to abduct the four girls, ranging in age from 4 to 8, at about 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 39100 block of Welsh Lane in Beach Park.

Chased the girls

Wright reportedly approached the girls while driving a black 2010 Toyota Camry and asked them if they wanted a ride. The children told him no then ran from him. Wright then gave chase, according to a sheriff's press release.

The girls were able to run away unharmed. One of the girls told her mother who provideed Wright’s license plate to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Hit and run

During the search for Wright, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a hit and run accident at Wadsworth and Delany roads involving Wright's vehicle.

The Waukegan Police Department located the vehicle at Yorkhouse and Delany roads. Wright was then turned over to Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

As a result of the hit and run, Wright was also issued traffic citations for failure to reduce to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to give aid or information and not having insurance.

Wright’s jail bond is set at $1 million. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 3.

Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. commends the quick thinking of the children.

"I think the lessons of stranger danger are worth repeating," he said.

Just Sayin April 27, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Sully...It's been what...almost a year now that I suggested the clown get himself some psychological counseling. I even suggested that his family set up a intervention for the sad sack. All evidence suggests neither have occurred. Were it up to me I'd personally have him committed....I mean what more can a concerned person do?
Just Sayin April 27, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Nice try McClown. God...you are so transparent.
J.Lyn April 28, 2013 at 03:47 PM
This guy had no idea who he was messing with. Thank God these girls are smart, it kept them safe. They are heros getting this guy off the streets and preventing a possible tragedy in the future.
DaddyO April 29, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Sadly, he will probably be released back into the public without doing any time until he strikes again and hurts someone. There is only one way to deal with sick individuals like this... cut "it" off the first time they offend.
cynthia May 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Well I really admire the police officers who controlled themselves and didn't kill him..This is why I could not be one..Just could not controll myself with something like this.

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