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Published on April 02, 2024
North Chicago Man Charged with Kidnapping Wisconsin Woman; Authorities Suspect Prior IncidentsSource: Facebook/Lake County IL Sheriff's Office

A North Chicago man has run afoul of the law, facing charges for the February kidnapping of a Wisconsin woman. Jonatan Luna-Carrasco, 28, was apprehended on Saturday after a harrowing incident that began with what appeared to be a helpful gesture on Route 41 in Wadsworth, according to reports from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Driving home from a nightclub in the early hours, the 22-year-old victim and her friend were duped into thinking their car had a flat tire, signaled by Luna-Carrasco. After pulling over, the good Samaritan act turned sinister; Luna-Carrasco allegedly lured the woman into his gray Dodge Durango with the promise of warmth but instead drove away with her captive inside, the Sun-Times reported.

The quick-thinking victim managed to escape by jumping out of the SUV in Gurnee and sought help at a nearby residence. The residents contacted the Gurnee Police Department, which then coordinated with the Lake County Sheriff's Department in the investigation. According to ABC7Chicago's account, the woman described Luna-Carrasco making "sexually suggestive comments" upon kidnapping her, an ordeal that left authorities concerned over the predator's past actions.

Using police camera footage, deputies identified the suspect, a move that ultimately led to his arrest in Waukegan. "Investigators believe Luna-Carrasco has done this before," Deputy Chief Chris Covelli remarked, a chilling suggestion that other victims may exist, as detailed in the ABC7Chicago report. Luna-Carrasco appeared in court for a detention hearing and was ordered to remain in custody, the outlet added.

Authorities are urging anyone with potential run-ins with Luna-Carrasco to come forward. They are looking into the possibility that this wasn't his first criminal rodeo. People who may have had past encounters with him are encouraged to reach out to the Lake County Sheriff's office at (847) 377-4000, the Sun-Times stressed.