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Group of teens cited, charged after attempted break-in to high school press box, police say

Bryan Santiago, 18, of the 200 block of West Brainard Street, Harvard.
Bryan Santiago, 18, of the 200 block of West Brainard Street, Harvard.

Police on Sunday arrested an 18-year-old man and cited a group of minors who allegedly fled from officers after attempting to enter the press box at Harvard High School.

At 1:43 a.m. Harvard police saw multiple people near the press box at Harvard High School, 1103 N Jefferson Street, according to a news release.

Officers later discovered damage to the door, where it appeared the subjects attempted to gain entry.

The group, comprised of a 12-year-old boy, 15-year-old boy and 18-year-old man fled the scene in a 1998 Jeep, according to the release. The driver failed to stop for officers and the police ended their pursuit.

With the help of the McHenry County Sheriff's Department, the Jeep and its occupants were located a short time later and stopped at the intersection of Telegraph Street and Deerpass Road in Marengo, according to the release.

As a result of the stop and subsequent investigation, police arrested 18-year-old Bryan Santiago, of the 200 block of West Brainard Street, Harvard. Santiago is charged with criminal damage to state property, aggravated fleeing, attempting to elude peace officers, and endangering the life of health of a child.

Police also cited Santiago for driving without a valid license, failing to carry a driver's license or permit, speeding, and improper use of headlights. Santiago was taken to the McHenry County Jail, where he posted bond at 1:15 p.m. Monday and was released.

The 12- and 15-year-old passengers in the Jeep were cited for breaking the city's curfew and were released to their parents. Police also issued a curfew citation for a 16-year-old girl whom officers located during their investigation, according to the release.

Santiago is due back in court June 8. The minors received notices to appear in court on May 18.

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