Police Find Boy Taken During Park Ridge Carjacking

5-year-old boy abducted during a carjacking Thursday afternoon

Friday, Feb 21, 2014  |  Updated 5:42 AM CDT
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Police have found a 5-year-old boy who was abducted during a carjacking Thursday afternoon in northwest suburban Park Ridge, authorities in neighboring Niles said.

Police have found a 5-year-old boy who was abducted during a carjacking Thursday afternoon in northwest suburban Park Ridge, authorities in neighboring Niles said.

A man who abducted a 5-year-old boy during a carjacking Thursday is still on the loose.

A woman was unloading groceries from her SUV in the 1700 block of Good Avenue in northwest suburban Park Ridge at 12:20 p.m. when a man jumped in the vehicle and drove off. It's not clear if he knew 5-year-old Drake Whitker was sleeping in his safety seat in the back seat.

A watchful neighbor saw what happened and immediately called police with a description of the car and the suspect, prompting an Amber Alert. Park Ridge Police confirmed Drake was found unharmed in the missing vehicle in an alley near Oakton and Laramie after an alert citizen who saw the Amber Alert spotted the vehicle and called police.

The suspect is described as a black male, around 5-feet-8 inches tall with a medium build and an afro hairstyle and between 18-22 years old. He was wearing a blue jacket and jeans, police said.

"I would suggest that the person turn himself in to either the Park Ridge or Skokie police department because we will find you," Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said.

Police say the suspect will face kidnapping and auto theft charges.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to call Park Ridge police at 847-318-5252.

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