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.

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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.
Kathy February 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM
I think we are all more than happy the child is safely found. If you had $1,000,000 in cash - would you leave it in a running car? Probably not - your kids are PRICELESS, never leave them unattended! Even if they are 8 or 10, they can mess around and shift gears. Turn car off, lock doors, and be smart!!
Herc February 21, 2014 at 01:25 PM
I find it ridiculous that we have now gotten to a point in this the country that we make excuses for the jackazz that steals. People walk around this country with the attitude of they want it so they'll just take it. They don't care if they hurt someone else, there's no compassion, no morals nor no shame. Welcome to the new Sodom and Gomorrah.
Anhedonia February 21, 2014 at 02:46 PM
We all got the Amber Alert on our cell phones and the car was abandoned shortly thereafter. What I am dying to know is, did the perpetrator get the Amber Alert, look in the back seat, say "Oh sh$t", and abandon the car.
TH February 21, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Tanya come on , I'm not a caveman, but I do know what is like to have to leave my neighborhood when "out of context" people started to move in. I watched my real estate values fall and had to sell for pennies on the dollar, and that was way before the crash in 2007, my mother and father both married Hispanics after they were divorced. I know cultures , I have black friends, brown friends , Asian friends as well as white friends, but this thug with no regard for the rest of the world is the usual type of person that people like you defend because you may be a minority, or a person that never experienced negative effects of gang like lazy thugs , look at it from the other side of the chess board. Don't take it personally because it isn't aimed toward law abiding hard working contributors to our society.
Tanya Lopez February 21, 2014 at 06:40 PM
TH let me clear I am in no way defending the carjacker. What he did was illegal and he should be held accountable for his actions based on a punishment determined by a court of law. What I am against is subjecting innocent people to search based profiling. You shared your personal story so I hope you will read mine. My last name obviously clues you into my Hispanic background. What it doesn't tell you is my race is Black. The first home I bought was in 2006 in Rogers Park and I now rent it out because of the increased gang violence over the years and the fact that the property is underwater. My husband (who is also Black) and I moved into a community where Blacks account for 3.9% of the population. While we are fortunate to have wonderful neighbors, we might "look suspicious" to others in our suburb. I can give you example of law abiding citizens that have been killed recently due to people reacting to what they thought was someone out of context in their neighborhood. Also when did it become a crime to walk freely in a public area? Maybe it is just me being overly sensitive, but talk with your Black, Brown, Asian and White friends about people like Jonathan Ferrell & Renisha McBride. You can't always judge a book by its cover.
TP Citizen February 21, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Why was this child left alone in a car in front of a house? Am I missing something?
TH February 21, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Tanya,I know and have been around probably a lot longer than yourself. One of the buildings I had to sell was in Rogers Park and it was because the suburban landlord rented his multi unit building to section 8 renters and every crack dealer and gang member used to hang out there. It was impossible to get decent people of any color to rent from my adjacent building, they would hang out in front and harass people , make noise at all hours of the day and night, threw garbage , condoms and crack pipes out the windows. You as a black person know what is on the news everyday. The hard working American black people are even getting tired of it and are not defending them any longer and are not ashamed to voice their opinion even though it is about other black people. Yes whites commit crimes, yes everyone does, but there is a pattern of violence, killings, robberies thefts that involve black people. There are Hispanic gangs and you do not hear 1/10th about their crimes in Chicago as you do the black community. It's out of control. I mean look at the news. And by the way the rich white kid that got off for "Affluenza" should NOT have and I was very mad that he did.
Local February 21, 2014 at 07:59 PM
So now its illegal to look "a certain way" in "certain neighborhoods"? Welcome to the patch, Mr Zimmerman.
TH February 21, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Tanya, One other thing, the black friends I have are not all "Bill Cosby" some have dreds, are poor, but all have the decent respect for life and humanity and are against anything criminal. So let's get off this subject, the guy who did it is a punk that needs to be punished. New York re-instated stop and frisk. When I was a kid in my old neighborhood near Ashland & Augusta, back then the police would smack us around and if we were doing wrong we knew we deserved it and we did not talk back. We hung out and police would stop and frisk us all the time. Most of us were white, no one went on TV and complained for us.
TH February 21, 2014 at 08:05 PM
The mother should not have left the child in the car either, but if suspicious criminals were not around this would have never happened even if she did.
Tanya Lopez February 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM
TH again I'm not defending criminal behavior. As a Black person it hurts me to know the high rates of Black on Black violent crime. We can discuss theories on why the rates are so high (social determinants of health, limited educational and economic opportunities due to institutional racism, untreated mental illness due to poor access to health care services) but at the end of the day there are victims whose lives are impacted and I get that. What disturbs me is that due to what we see in the media some people might feel threatened if they saw my husband or my son because they are believed to be "out of context" for that area and they could be harmed as a result. Misunderstandings can happen but the sentiment I read in these comments is the end justifies the means. I am afraid for them (because it is more likely they would be stopped and detained being men). I get it, we live in an imperfect world but I don't want to lose the 2 most important men in my life to a misunderstanding. And for the record, while I may not have leave my child alone in a car now, I did grow up when this was more commonly done. I'm sure my parents weren't the only ones.
TH February 22, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Hi Tanya, I completely understand what you're saying, and I wish there could be a solution soon. It's obvious you are educated and not what I am complaining about. There was a time in my life when I wouldn't want to live next to me when I was a kid, but I was never a thief or violent. And as for Mr. Zimmerman( on this Patch forum) assuming I said it is "illegal" to look a certain way, I never said that. I said if you see something that may not be right, (no matter what color), people should call the police. If I saw a white guy that may appear to be on drugs, suspicious , incoherent looking whatever etc, I would still call the police and have. I understand your worry about your loved ones for sure, but it is going to take more people like you to be heard, not just the usual come on TV and defend anyone who committed a crime because they are a minority. Did you see the mother of the person who tried to rob the Cook County Sherriff in the gas station and was shot and killed in self defense, on TV the other day? This was her son and she admitted he was up to no good for some time and there was nothing else the Sherriff could do, now that was her own son. It is a horrible tragedy , but she didn't get all "Al Sharpton" and immediately say it was the Sherriff's fault. People have to be raised with values, and it seems many have none. Criminals/ gangs travel to nicer safer areas to do their crimes for many reasons like " easy pickins" gullible non street smart people etc. in these cases it takes common sense and discretion to figure if the person should be called on . Anyway, peace, TH
Tanya Lopez February 22, 2014 at 09:41 AM
TH thank you for hearing me out. Have a great weekend. Peace, Tanya
Shawn February 22, 2014 at 09:49 AM
That's the million dollar question TH, by what criteria does one judge a person to be a criminal or a thug, unless they are doing breaking a law? Does someone's clothing or demeanor justify stopping and searching? If so, why?
Shawn February 22, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Also, I think perception and perspective are huge parts of why this is a problem. Lots of kids(wrongly or rightly) of all races tend to dress like the common pop culture description of a thug, mostly perpetuated by rap and urban culture. Rap was a predominantly black culture when the thug style of dressing became popular. That still holds true today, although there is a much larger focus on fashion than there used to be. The perspective people don't seem to have is that the overall picture shows that crime is down on a micro and macro scale. This whole notion that the world is going to hell in a handbasket only seems that way because we are connected to the rest of the world through the internet and have a 24 hour news cycle. Of course it didn't seem so bad 30 years ago, you didn't hear about every crime across the country. There is no group of humans that are inherently more violent or lawless than any other on a biological level. The differences are cultural and more importantly, socioeconomic in nature. I know personally because I grew up in several poor black neighborhoods as well as poor mixed neighborhoods. I now live in what was voted the number one place to raise kids in America, and there are drugs and crime here too. But you can't go around looking for people to stop, that's just wrong.
TH February 22, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Shawn, I'm not talking fashion I'm talking criminal behavior actions and attitudes and disregard for the next person , I did not say anything about fashion and did not elude to that. . Funny how many of the Rappers get real main stream after they realize they have a ton of money & have their own kids.
Shawn February 23, 2014 at 08:51 AM
TH, you said "...call police if you see anyone that doesn't normally look like they belong in the neighborhood." and "The Park Ridge PD needs to start stopping and frisking people in the town that would not normally be there." and "Didn't anyone think this person was suspicious walking around the neighborhood? . I wonder where he came from?" How does any of that amount to this "criminal behavior" you are talking about? You are proving Tanya's point. You are using dog whistle language that says "stop the brown or black person who looks like they don't "belong" in this neighborhood. And again I ask, by what criteria does one decide that a person "belongs" somewhere?
Shawn February 23, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Are you saying that sometimes the good blacks like Tanya's husband and son might just have to endure the undue embarrassment of being stopped for no reason because the police just might net some criminal? Or maybe they just have to dress the correct way to avoid getting stopped in the first place? Should they make sure their car isn't too nice, lest someone think they stole it?
Shawn February 23, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Let me drop a little logic for you. Racial profiling is discriminatory and racist. You approve of racial profiling. You are a racist. Oh, and the first thing most racist people say is "I am not racist, but", or "I have black/brown/asian friends". And by the way, you don't have to hate a race of people to be a racist.
TH February 23, 2014 at 09:28 AM
I never said anything like that about Tanyas family.Once again, you are part of the "blame game" problem, you're throwing in a red herring about fashion instead and racism playing up the race card instead of facing the facts. This is not about fashion, but keep in mind if you are going to dress thug with all the thug violence out there that you see everyday, (people robbing motorists filling their cars up at gas stations, punks killing Indian store owners for no reason etc etc etc, do you watch the news or just make up excuses when you do? )be expected to be stopped now and then, blacks aren't the only race that is profiled. Profiling is part of good law enforcement, If you saw a lion walking downtown in broad daylight something just doesn't feel right.
TH February 23, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Shawn, I was raised in a Hispanic home I just don't have "friends" that brown or black, I have two brothers and a sister that are Puerto Rican & Mexican, also there are people in my family married to black spouses. I am not some crew cut 1950's Eisenhower era person that never left my house. I have been around, and my friends are my friends not token friends, if you are dumb enough to tattoo a tear under your eye , be expected to be stopped and thought of as a gang member. The fact that some wears a hoodie is definitely not a reason to stop them, and even though I hate pants worn down so your underpants are showing, it is still not a reason to stop someone, but take common sense and context into any situation and you have to sometimes go with your gut.
Art Ryden February 23, 2014 at 09:45 AM
As long as we are more concerned about hurting someone's feelings than we are about safety, this dilemma will persist. Is profiling purely racial? Hardly. Your age, your clothes, your vehicle, your hairstyle, the company you keep, your walking gait, your vocabulary, your diction, and your hygienic habits all cause people to make assumptions about who you are and what you are up to. Today, as a 60 year old man, I am "profiled" very differently than I was 40 years ago when I had shoulder length hair and wore a denim jacket with the American Flag and Free Love symbols embroidered onto it. Profiling based solely on prejudice is dangerous; profiling based past experience and history is common sense and a valuable tool in preventing crime. The criminals already have enough advantages in the form of slick lawyers and liberal court interpretations. Don't give the bad guys any more places to hide behind your compassion.
Shawn February 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Ok, so maybe(maybe, look at Allen West, being of a race doesn't preclude you from hating certain groups in that race) you aren't racist, but you are ageist. You talk like someone who is telling whippersnappers to get off your lawn. Just because you don't understand someone's culture, or think lowly of it, doesn't give you the right to harass them. Do young people tend to dress and act like what they see in popular culture, which sprung from gangster culture? Yes. That doesn't mean you get to assume anything about that person, and you definitely don't have the right to stop them based on that. What about all the people who have the "right' look but are doing criminal activity?
Shawn February 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM
And don't forget that people have rights. The right to walk down the street and not get stopped unless an officer has probable cause to stop that person. Style of dress, gait, tattoos, or hairstyles are not probable cause. With that logic, if they find a small amount of drugs on that person(or even if they don't), shouldn't they be able to go into that person's home and check for more drugs? Then do the same with similarly described associates of this person? And don't you think that opens up innocent people to be harrassed and have their rights violated?
sklogw February 23, 2014 at 01:55 PM
He lives in Evanston, now that's a shocker!
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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