Nov 15

Several law enforcement agencies collaborated to arrest two men for allegedly kidnapping a woman from Carlyle, Illinois, according to an article by FOX 2

On Thursday, October 24th at approximately 9:45 a.m., the Carlyle Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an alleged kidnapping. When the officers arrived at an apartment building in the 700 block of 8th Street, they were able to rescue the victim and remove her from danger. 

At that point, law enforcement officers moved to arrest the kidnapping suspects and take them into custody. Initially, the two men refused to comply and remained inside the apartment building. To defuse the situation, law enforcement established a perimeter and requested backup from a tactical team. 

One of the suspected kidnappers then voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement. But the other suspect stayed in the building, refusing to cooperate. Consequently, the police tactical team breached the apartment to secure the suspect. Although the suspect resisted arrest, the tactical team was able to subdue him without further incident or injury. 

The authorities have yet to file formal charges related to this incident, as law enforcement needs to complete their investigation. Based on the available facts, it seems likely that kidnapping charges will be forthcoming. In the meantime, it seems like a great opportunity to review Illinois laws against and penalties for kidnapping. 

What are the Laws Against Kidnapping in Illinois?

The Illinois laws against kidnapping appear under 720 ILCS 5/10-1. This section makes it illegal to knowingly:

  • Detain another person against his or her will in secret;
  • Use force or the threat of force to move or detain another person against his or her will; or
  • Deceive another person into being moved or detained against his or her will.

Section 10-1 also outlines specific guidelines for kidnapping crimes that involve children under 13 years old and mentally disabled individuals. In these situations, it qualifies as kidnapping when the victim is moved or detained against the will of a parent or legal guardian. 

What are the Penalties for Kidnapping in Illinois?

Section 10-1 also establishes the Illinois penalties for kidnapping. Under this section, kidnapping is a Class 2 felony. If convicted for this type of felony, the kidnapping offender faces a prison sentence between three and seven years as well as criminal fines up to $25,000. Additionally, Class 2 felonies include 24 months of mandatory supervised release term and 48 months of probation. 

Do You Need Legal Help?

No matter the criminal offense, all charges are serious. A sound strategy and an aggressive defense are essential for a positive outcome. To protect your rights in such situations, it is highly advisable to retain legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Prior Law Firm in Bloomington, Illinois, has proven experience in matters of criminal defense. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach The Prior Law Firm by phone at (309) 827-4300, email at or by completing an online form.