K-9 tracks down man trespassing near north suburban homes

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - A man was charged with criminal trespass after K-9 Dax and his handler tracked him down at a home in north suburban unincorporated Antioch.

At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person in the 25900 block of West Hermann Avenue, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office. The caller said a man was outside her home pounding on the garage door, yelling in the backyard and then walked away.

Responding deputies heard a male voice screaming in the distance, according to the sheriff’s office. K-9 Dax and his handler Deputy John Forlenza got to the home and traced a scent through several yards before finding a man near the front door of a home on the 2600 block of Grass Lake Road.

Gregory Koch, 25, claimed he lived at the house but deputies later found out he did not, authorities said. The homeowner told deputies Koch was in a garage on his property.

Koch, of unincorporated Antioch, was charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to property and disorderly conduct, according to authorities. He was released on a $1,500 bond.

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