Crime & Courts

Lake in the Hills man pleads guilty to role in 2016 Elgin kidnapping

Luis M. Palomar, 20, of the zero to 100 block of Clark Avenue, Lake in the Hills
Luis M. Palomar, 20, of the zero to 100 block of Clark Avenue, Lake in the Hills

A 20-year-old Lake in the Hills man agreed to a 16½-year prison sentence for his role in a 2016 kidnapping and beating of an Elgin woman, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Luis M. Palomar, of the zero to 100 block of Clark Avenue in Lake in the Hills, pleaded guilty to home invasion, a Class X felony; unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony; burglary; and mob action.

Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler Jr. accepted the plea.

On Feb. 26, 2016, officials said Palomar and four others kidnapped the victim from an Elgin residence, beat her and brought her to an apartment in Elgin, where they continued to beat her, burned her with lit cigarettes and held her against her will.

The other three offenses are unrelated to the home invasion. Palomar sold between 1 and 15 grams of cocaine to an undercover police officer in Elgin. He was free on bond at the time of the kidnapping.

On March 5, Palomar was among 16 Kane County Jail detainees who participated in a fight.

Palomar was given credit for 704 days served in jail. One of the co-defendants in the kidnapping scheme pleaded guilty in February, and two other co-defendants pleaded guilty in March.

A fifth offender previously pleaded guilty in the case in juvenile court, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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