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Updated: Sleeping Child Who Was Abducted in Car Found

A 5-year-old boy was abducted in Park Ridge.

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Updated 3:10 p.m.

Skokie police found the missing child and car, according to a press release from the Park Ridge Police Department at about 2:15 p.m. The child was not harmed.

Updated 2:45 p.m.:


ABC7 reports that the boy has been found, though police are not releasing details of how he was found.

Original story: 

Park Ridge police are searching for a 2012 Audi Q5 that was stolen at 12:20 p.m. and had a sleeping child in the back seat.

The car was in front of a home in the 1700 block of Good Avenue in Park Ridge when the car was taken. The child, Drake Whitker, is 5 years old, 3 feet tall and 38 pounds. The boy has blonde hair and green/blue eyes. He was wearing a black Polo coat.

Police said the vehicle and child were taken by a male black in his late teens or early twenties and were last seen southbound on Good Avenue headed toward Northwest Highway.

Anyone with information related to this vehicle should call the Park Ridge Police Department at 847-318-5252.
Cathy February 23, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Chief Scarpeli needs to go. He is focused on his little toys like the big police truck he wants to buy instead of putting more police on our streets. His continuous failures and lack of leadership makes Skokie an unsafe place to live.
sklogw February 23, 2014 at 04:33 PM
IDK but it seems the neighbor(s) who called 911 and the Skokie police were there heros in this situation. The turd knew the child was in the car, news reports stated that the mom screamed, jumped on the car and opened the door trying to pull the DB out of the car. The DB still drove off...
Art Ryden February 24, 2014 at 03:14 PM
We need to make a choice. Either we tolerate occasional intrusions into our personal lives in the form of searches or pat downs, or, we allow an increasing number of criminals slip past the cops due to a lack of probable cause. The choice has already been made for us through court rulings. Judges fall for completely nonsensical arguments about probable cause and "a reasonable expectation of privacy," resulting in guilty-as-sin criminals being put back on the streets to rob, rape, or drive drunk. Anyone who thinks that this is the correct course of action has no right to complain the next time he/she is the victim of a crime and the perpetrator escapes or walks away free due to these flaming liberal interpretations of the Constitution.
Grumpy Old Man February 24, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Actually, a police officer does not have to have probable cause to stop you and question you on the street. He need only have a reasonable suspicion that the person stopped is engaged or about to engage in criminal behavior. If he has probable cause to believe you are engaged in criminal behavior he can arrest you on a charge and book you. As far as racial profiling is concerned - you had better define your terms. I have read one commentator to a Patch article some time ago regarding a theft from a store in our area (Chicagoland and immediate environs) claimed that it was racial profiling for a store keeper to put up surveillance cameras in his store to combat theft, robbery, etc. Sounds silly but some jackass actually made that claim. Assuming a proper basis, is it racial profiling to stop only black men in a given area in which a robbery has just occurred and the description of the robber was a black man? Is it racial profiling to stop black men in an area where there has been an upswing in crime and the majority of the criminals involved are described as black? Certainly, it may be racial profiling if you are stopping only blacks in an area merely on the basis of their being black, no reported crime or criminal activity in the area justifies the stopping of anyone, or where the suspects race has not been determined. But what I hear all the time from the Al Sharptons of this world is that stopping blacks is racial profiling period. It is the same kind of pc that caused complaints of racial profiling after 9/11 when persons of SouthEast Asian decent were being looked at more closely and the argument was we can't do that - well, when 19 persons of SouthEast Asian decent hijack four airplanes screaming Allah Is the Greatest in Arabic, and three of them fly these planes into building and one other plane crashes after the other passengers prevent the further flight, I would not be paying equal attention to White Anglo Saxon Protestants, even if an hispanic and some American blacks who had converted to Islam eventually joined the jihadi movement, along with Jihad Jane, a white American women. Just yelling racial profiling is not an argument and in itself might be quite proper. In the example of paying more attention to males of SE Asian decent I would certainly agree that racial profiling is in order, if a black was the suspect in a crime I wouldn't be spending time looking for Mr. Moto, or if a white for some black man. Nowadays it is getting harder to differentiate men from women so that may be impermissible profiling. And is it racial profiling to stop only white men in an area under circumstances in which the claim of racial profiling where black men were involved is made and derided as improper? I ask that only because Eric Holder claims blacks cannot be charged with hate crimes.
Art Ryden February 25, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Enough of the theoretical hocus pocus about probable cause. Every search and every arrest, once it goes to court, must meet certain standards in order to hold up. It doesn't matter that the cops got the right perp, or that he/she had the weapon and contraband on his/her person...this evidence will be inadmissible if it is determined that the cops had no probable cause or that they violated the criminal's reasonable expectation of privacy. We can thank the ACLU and gullible judges for this insanity.

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