PARK RIDGE, Ill. (CBS) — An Evanston teen is being held without bond for an auto theft that triggered an Amber Alert.
18 year-old Deangelo Fountain is now facing several charges, including aggravated kidnapping, after police say he took a five year-old boy along for the joyride
It was the Amber Alert that placed the parents of little Drake Whitker in hell for two agonizing hours.
“She was on the hood of the car as it proceeded down the driveway, slamming on the hood of the car. She actually opened the car, struggled with the individual,” said Tony Riley, the child’s stepfather.
Their white Audi was stolen from their Park Ridge driveway with a sleeping 5-year-old in the backseat.
“She ran down the street cellphone in hand calling 911, screaming out loud, so people came out of their homes and help out and started driving after the car,” said Riley.
Park Ridge Police say Fountain carried out the theft after walking out of an Arlington Heights special needs school following an altercation. Six miles later, fountain was looking for a way home to Evanston and seized the opportunity with a running SUV.
Police say Fountain soon ditched the SUV in Skokie. Hours later, he was in custody and identified because of a stop he made soon after ditching school.
“The subject had been at one of the storage facilities there, had walked in and asked for a plastic bag. It had been raining as you recall. He was wet and he asked for a plastic bag he could put over himself,” said Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski.
“To the parents of the world out there, know that there’s a system in place. The Amber Alert is real,” said Riley. “If it had to happen again, it couldn’t have gone better.”
Police say Fountain confessed to the auto theft and it’s crime he’s committed before. Drake’s step-dad told CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman he’s doing just fine and he slept through the actual auto theft.