FBI Seeks Fugitive Dad Of Teen At Center Of City-Sticker Controversy

CHICAGO (STMW) — Two days after a 15-year-old boy’s winning city sticker design was pulled over concerns it contained gang signs, the FBI issued an alert for the teen’s father who is wanted for distributing cocaine to a street gang.

Herbert Pulgar, 42, of the 2700 block of West Wilson is wanted for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of mixtures containing cocaine base in the form of crack cocaine, a wanted flier from the FBI said.

Pulgar has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs since March 2008, when he was charged in a criminal complaint for violating federal drug laws, a release from the FBI said.

A previous reward has been increased to $10,000, the release said.

Pulgar was among 17 known and suspected gang members and associates charged with drug violations in a two-year combined federal and state investigation, which ended on March 20, 2008 with the arrest of seven Chicago area defendants, the FBI said. He was one of two defendants who escaped capture and is the only one still at large.

Due to his criminal record and the nature of the charges against him, he’s considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone recognizing Pulgar or having any information should call the Chicago FBI office at (312) 421-6700.

Pulgar is the father of Herbert Pulgar, the 15-year-old student artist who submitted a winning design for Chicago’s 2012-2013 city sticker. But earlier this week, City Clerk Susana Mendoza pulled the design after some authorities said one of its elements, a depiction of hands, could be gang signs.

Mendoza said she would personally pay an equivalent cash prize to the teen, saying she doesn’t want the negative publicity to discourage him.

The teen’s attorney, Blake Horwitz, said Friday he isn’t sure why the FBI would publicize the elder Pulgar’s fugitive status so soon after the controversy. He says the father has not had contact with the teen.

“At the end of the day, it’s very painful and difficult for this little boy, who did nothing else other than develop a really beautiful image for the city with his whole heart,” the attorney tells CBS 2.

The FBI did not return phone calls Friday.

 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • fitz

    Real nice media work. Like the kid hasn’t had a bad week already.

    • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

      Someone I work with suggested that Mayor Rahm called in the Feds to go find this kid’s dad. That’s probably why the Mayor won’t talk about it in public, but behind the scenes he had a lot to say and do. He gets so terse.

    • InalienableWrights

      The criminal FBI seeks one of the people distributing the governments drugs. Perhaps they did not get their cut.

  • Lake

    like father like son. oh yeah the kids Facebook page went private, how convenient.

  • Peace-N-Love

    I want to believe the kid is innocent cause i felt bad for him. Although, not that its his false, but i could see how he may have been influenced by his turd of a dad.

  • Freddy

    His dad has had no contact with him.

    “but says the elder Pulgar has not been involved in his son’s life.”

    Then why is he being persecuted for the actions of his father?

    • Hontas Farmer

      Because hes hispanic. Don’t you know we only want nice white people on the stickers. That Mendoza woman really knows her place in the world. Now maybe she can go scrub some white mans toilet.

      • Will

        Hontas I think your post is uncalled for. The sticker that happened to be “all white people” was voted second. That’s the way the people voted and the way the numbers worked out. She didn’t make that up.
        She ditched Herbie’s sticker because the Chicago Police Dept suggested it would be the best thing for the city. Period. Hundreds of people emailed her office saying they would not put a potential gang sticker on their car.
        Of course the lawyer said the father has not been involved in the childs life but how does he know and how do we know he is telling the truth. This kid is not the squeaky clean boy crying everyone thinks.

      • WetNurse

        The lawyer also said that the boy never posted himself flashing any gang signs on his FB page, even after the kid admitted to doing just that. His Pa did have contact with him, even if it was only via FB. And his last known address is where? oh yeah the same address as the son. No contact my arse!

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  • Reasonable Doubt

    This shows how corrupt your mayor is, national know by having his photo taken with offspring on a national drug dealer and gang banger. Rahm is just building his ego to let people know not to rain on his parade.

  • Jack

    I think that rahm and obama are probably criminals.

  • Hamburglar

    I would check the all-you-can-eat-buffets. Looks like he hasn’t missed any meals.

  • greg

    The powers that be at city hall working there magic again to make this all gone, crook county strikes again.

  • greg

    Let the poor kid take a bullet for the team.

  • greg

    His grandmother was a jaywalker too. PLEASE.

  • Freddy

    I was wrong for Mendoza to not honor the kid, if his drawing was gang related they should have thought of that before holding the stupid contest. They should have rejected his entry at the beginning, but once the “VOTERS” made their choice and he won, and they put him on national TV then just like the Government done to the American Indian, they give and take away to suit their self. It is wrong! Someone should fight for this kid, e-mails were sent in opposition to the kid. Then e-mails should be sent saying if they don’t use his drawing we won’t put it on our car!

  • da chicago way

    the copper websites broke this news four days ago,ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!

  • cflc

    Another example of how the news media releases bits and pieces of what they want readers to know. All this was known from the beginning. Misinformation or false information, what ever suits their agenda is considered ethical.

  • Roberta Waker

    Why don’t they use his vehicle sticker design and just leave off the hands that were the center of the controversy? It’s a beautiful design and if the offending hands are removed it would still be a beautiful sticker. Anyone got a problem with that????

    • Alex

      Maybe the Chicago Government would rather those hands be made into fists shaking at officials then it would be acceptable, why not use the drawing he won with, the one the voters voted for?

  • Sammy


    • Jack

      Hope you get a ticket!

      • Sammy

        Really? you hope I get a ticket? thanks man, I’m a Christian and I pray you have a wonderful healthy life.

        God Bless

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