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The original item was published from 10/31/2017 1:09:44 PM to 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM.

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Posted on: October 31, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Team Successfully Track Two People in Two Days


On October 30, 2017, at approximately 2:40AM, Deputy John Forlenza and his K-9 partner, Dax, were dispatched to the 26800 block of West Longwood Drive, Ingleside, to assist in a search for a missing 42 year-old man in mental distress.

K-9 Dax was requested because the man in mental crisis made threats he was intending to harm himself and fled from Fox Lake Police Officers.  

Deputy Forlenza and K-9 Dax tracked the scent of the missing man.  The two located the man sleeping in a wooded area approximately 50-yards from where he initially fled.  The man was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

One night prior, on October 29th at approximately 4:50AM, Deputy Forlenza and K-9 Dax responded to a trespassing complaint at a residence in the 35300 block of North Summit Place, Round Lake.  The caller reported he was sleeping when an unknown person walked into his home, uninvited.  The trespasser struggled with the homeowner, but the homeowner was able to remove the man from his home.

A short time later, another call was received from a homeowner in the 24600 block of West Clinton Avenue, Round Lake, advising the man was attempting to enter their home.  The trespasser fled just prior to the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies.  

Deputy Forlenza and K-9 Dax deployed and tracked the scent of the man.  They tracked the man for approximately a quarter-mile and located him.  The man, identified as Ulemj Radnaa, 18, of the 24600 block of West Clinton Avenue, Round Lake, was arrested without further incident.  Radnaa was subsequently charged with two counts of Criminal Trespass to Property (Misdemeanor), two counts of Assault (Misdemeanor), two counts of Disorderly Conduct (Misdemeanor), and Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Misdemeanor).  

Radnaa was transported to the Lake County Jail, processed, and released on a $1,500.00 Recognizance Bond.  Radnaa is next due in court on November 6, 2017, at 9:00AM in courtroom C-120.  

Sheriff Mark Curran said, “Here are two more instances of why our Canine Teams are so valuable to Lake County.  One night they located a man in mental distress and the next night they located a man wanted for trespassing.  I’m proud of all four of our Canine Teams.”  

Sheriff Curran reminds the public the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  

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