A Twin Lakes man is being held on $1 million bond in Lake County, accused of a home invasion and kidnapping in Round Lake Park, Ill., that targeted a former girlfriend.
Tyler M. Jankovich, 20, was charged with with two counts of home invasion, kidnapping, aggravated domestic battery, criminal trespass to residence and unlawful restraint for the March 8 incident.
He allegedly forced his way into the 20-year-old woman’s home, and forced her and her 4-month-old daughter into a bathroom, keeping her locked there for about two hours while he destroyed things in her home, according to a statement from the Round Lake Park Police Department.
The woman tried unsuccessfully to escape, injuring herself during the attempt.
She then, according to a statement she made to the police, negotiated her way out of the bathroom using methods she “observed on television.”
According to a statement from the police, Jankovich allowed her to leave the bathroom under the condition that she call his cell phone and maintain an open connection for at least 30 minutes. After she heard Jankovich’s car leaving, the woman called her current boyfriend, who alerted police about 20 hours after the incident, police said.
Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said investigators learned that Jankovich had fled to California, where he had previously lived and still has connections.
He was arrested there, and was extradited to Lake County over the weekend. He appeared in court for a bond hearing Monday.