Missing 8-Year-Old Palatine Boy Found

Updated 2/17/2012 at 10 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – An 8-year-old boy Palatine boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert Friday has been located — alive and well, police say.

Illinois state police say Eriberto Perez was found unharmed in a traffic stop at 9:45 p.m. Friday near downtown Chicago. He had been taken by his mother’s boyfriend, 30-year-old William Cruz, Thursday evening.

The child’s mother, Erika Rivera, said Cruz told her he was taking Eriberto to pick up some doughnuts for the family. But later in the evening, Cruz told her in a cell phone call that the two were instead driving to a relative’s house in Chicago.

Rivera says her son sounded frightened over the phone.

“He sounded like scared, like (Cruz) told him, ‘Don’t say nothing,” she told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

Eriberto is Rivera’s oldest child. His father is deceased.

She said she had recently told Cruz she planned to leave him.

State police say Eriberto, once found, was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Cruz was taken into custody.

suspect1 Missing 8 Year Old Palatine Boy Found

William Cruz, 30, is sought in the disappearance of an 8-year-old Palatine boy. (Palatine Police Department)

  • The real James Hamilton

    That picture is priceless ;-) I’m glad the little guy is back home safe and I hope the mom wakes up from this nightmare and stays away from this guy. Go find a boyfriend from church mom, I’m not saying all church guys are good but the odds are better than at a bar or a party or from party friends.

  • juju

    Bet Afro is jealous he didn’t get a chance with the kid. Dude, you have to start dating someone your age.

    • Jim


    • Afro

      You know what juju? I’m just happy to read about a nice good ending for a change, and you have to go trying to destroy the positive reinforcements of a good story.

  • Roberta Waker

    Rivera told Cruz she planned to leave him, THEN she allows him to take her son? Is she kidding? Hope she learns from this because her son might not be so lucky with her next “boyfriend”. You don’t EVER tell someone you are breaking up with them and then let them take your child. Glad he’s ok and reunited with his mother.

  • http://cbschicago.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/palatine-man-charged-with-kidnapping-girlfriends-son-8/ Palatine Man Charged With Kidnapping Girlfriend’s Son, 8 « CBS Chicago

    […] William Cruz, of Palatine, has been charged with one count of aggravated kidnapping, according to Palatine police. He is accused of kidnapping 8-year-old Eriberto Perez on Thursday evening. […]

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