A report that an 8-year-old boy was duct taped to a pole by two teenagers near a Huntley water park was false, police in the far northwest suburb said Tuesday afternoon.
Huntley Deputy Chief Mike Klunk said that a police investigation found that the 8-year-old and his 6-year-old brother made up the tale.
Police had been contacted Monday afternoon by the boys’ mother, who reported that two teenage boys on bikes approached the brothers, stole candy and duct taped the older brother’s wrist to a pole in a park area near the Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center.
Klunk said an investigation that included interviews with people near the scene and a review of surveillance video determined the story was false.
In reality, the brothers were playing with duct tape they had brought from their home in a nearby subdivision and the 8-year-old wound up taped to the pole, Klunk said. The younger brother sought help to free him.
They then falsely claimed two teens wearing “Fortnite” T-shirts had taped the boy to the pole after taking the candy.
No official disciplinary action will be taken against the boys, Klunk said. But he said the incident should be used to teach children to be truthful at all times and to learn the difference between right and wrong.