Criminal Sexual Assault at Lake Barrington Business
Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded about 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021 to the block of 28000 Commercial Avenue, Lake Barrington, for a possible sexual assault in progress.
A 9-1-1 caller reported he was checking the well-being of Ryan Storm, 20, of the 500 block of West Gilbert Road, Palatine. A strange call from Ryan Storm prompted the 9-1-1 caller to check Storm’s well-being at Storm’s place of work at a business on Commercial Avenue.
When the caller went inside the business to check on Storm, Storm fled out a door. The caller observed a nude woman bound to a piece of heavy equipment. The woman, age 20, had been battered and was the victim of a sexual assault.
The victim was transported to an area hospital and is recovering. Further investigation revealed Storm was responsible for holding the victim against her will, tying her down, and sexually assaulting her.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and canines from the Lake & McHenry County Sheriff’s Offices spent several hours searching for Storm. Shortly after 8:00 a.m., information was developed indicating Storm was in Fox River Grove, attempting to avoid apprehension. Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Fox River Grove Police, Cary Police, Barrington Police, and Barrington Hills Police Departments checked the Ski Hill Road, where Storm had been spotted.
A Fox River Grove Police Officer observed Storm running in the 900 block of Ski Hill Road. The Fox River Grove Police Officer pursued Storm on foot and the officer was subsequently able to take Storm into custody. Storm was transported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
Prior to the initial court hearing, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved additional charges. Storm will be charged with the following at his initial court hearing, which will take place later today or tomorrow morning:
Aggravated Kidnapping (Class X Felony)
Three Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felonies)
Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony)
Aggravated Battery – Strangulation (Class 1 Felony)
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony)
Unlawful Restraint (Class 4 Felony)
After reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges for Storm:
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault
Criminal Sexual Assault
Criminal Sexual Abuse
Additional charges are likely. Storm remains held in the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing.
“I firmly believe that the victim’s life was saved because of the gut feeling the caller had, and the caller taking the further step of checking on the situation in the middle of the night. That, in conjunction with terrific law-enforcement collaboration, saved the victim’s life and allowed us to take the offender into custody.”
— Sheriff John D. Idleburg
Sheriff Idleburg extended his thanks to:
Fox River Grove Police Department
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office
Barrington Police Department
Cary Police Department
Barrington Hills Police Department
All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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