Man Arrested in Abduction of Mundelein Toddler

Girl snatch from in front of her home, returned 30 minutes later

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 11:38 PM CDT
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Girl snatched from in front of her home, returned 30 minutes later. Nesita Kwan reports.

Girl snatched from in front of her home, returned 30 minutes later. Nesita Kwan reports.

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Toddler Abducted in Mundelein, Returned

Mundelein Police are looking for an individual who abducted a 3-year-old girl, only to return her a short time later. Dick Johnson reports.
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Police arrested a Chicago man Wednesday night in connection with the abduction of a 3-year-old Mundelein girl on Monday.

Jose E. Reyes, 28, is charged with three felony charges of Aggravated Kidnapping, Kidnapping and Unlawful Restraint.

The girl was walking inside an apartment building with her mother and sister when a man started talking to the mother and suddenly snatched the toddler and drove off. The man returned the girl to another area of the parking lot about 30 minutes later.

Police identified the vehicle used in the abduction as a 2007 black four-door Hyundai Accent by using surveillance video and witness descriptions. A search of the Illinois Secretary of State database revealed a possible match and the identification of Reyes, according to police.

Police also released a sketch of the suspect they were looking for Wednesday, based on witness accounts. Residents said they had seen the suspect in the area several times, including an incident where he was handing out candy to children.

Police also say the community was extremely helpful in providing leads in the case.

The girl is at home with her family, but exactly what happened during the 30 minutes she was abducted is still under investigation.

Police say Reyes, who has a criminal record, was arrested at his workplace in the suburbs.

He's being held on a $5 million bond. Police say the incident appears to be random.

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