A 21-year-old Huntley man followed a Lincolnshire girl to her home, donned a hood and attempted to kidnap her Wednesday, but the girl escaped by screaming, police said.
Daniel W. Bockenhauer, 11606 Lori Lane, was charged with aggravated battery while wearing a hooded jacket and aggravated attempted kidnapping while wearing a hooded jacket, police said. Both are felonies.
Lincolnshire police Investigator John-Erik Anderson said Bockenhauer and the girl did not know each other, but Bockenhauer started following her for a particular reason. Anderson declined to discuss that reason.
Their encounter began shortly before 9:30 p.m., when the two crossed paths, Anderson said. The girl drove back to her home on Wiltshire Drive, and Bockenhauer tailed her in his car, Anderson said.
The girl arrived and parked in her driveway, he said. Bockenhauer parked on the street nearby, Anderson said.
As she walked to her door, likely unaware of Bockenhauer’s presence, he approached her from behind, Anderson said. Bockenhauer punched her and attempted to drag her away with him, Anderson said.
The girl screamed, which drew the attention of her family inside the house, he said. Bockenhauer released her and fled on foot, leaving his car on the street in front of her house, Anderson said.
The family called the police and officers arrested Bockenhauer a few blocks from the girl’s house, Anderson said.
Although the two encountered each other earlier Wednesday night, they were not acquainted, Anderson said.
“There’s no indicator at this time that she knew this guy at all,” he said. However, Anderson added, “This was not a random act, per se.”
Bockenhauer is currently in the Lake County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing.