Man being questioned in Park Ridge carjacking, kidnapping case - Fox 2 News Headlines

Man being questioned in Park Ridge carjacking, kidnapping case

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Drake Whitker and family. Drake Whitker and family.
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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Investigators in northwest suburban Park Ridge are questioning a "person of interest" in the carjacking and abduction of a 5-year-old Park Ridge boy Thursday, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen told the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate that there is a man in custody at the Park Ridge Police Station who is being questioned by police. No charges had been filed in the case as of 11 a.m.

Drake Whitker was asleep inside his mother's white Audi Q5 while his mother carried items into their home on the 1700 block of North Good Avenue around 12:18 p.m. when a man got into the driver's seat of the car, which was running, and drove away from the area, Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said.

After a search throughout the area and neighboring suburbs, an Amber Alert was issued, leading to the discovery of the Audi — and Drake — in a Skokie alley. An "alert citizen" who had seen the Amber Alert had contacted police and Drake, who was found safe, was reunited with his parents, police said.

Investigators were planning to interview Drake this afternoon.

The suspect was described black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-feet, eight-inches tall, with a short afro hairstyle, wearing a blue athletic jacket and jeans. He was not present when the Audi was found in Skokie.

Jogmen said detectives from various police departments have been sharing information about possible suspects since the abduction and "chasing down a lot of tips and clues."

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