Man charged after Bridgeview car theft, abduction of 4-year-old boy

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — A man has been arrested and charged after allegedly stealing a vehicle with a 4-year-old boy inside in Bridgeview, leading to an Amber Alert in Illinois.

Police say Rudy Gutierrez, 28, is charged with aggravated kidnapping, vehicular invasion, possession of stolen motor vehicle, and unlawful use of credit card.

Gutierrez is accused of stealing a vehicle with 4-year-old Liam Barbarasa inside it around 5:30 p.m. Monday, in front of a 7-Eleven at 79th Street and Roberts Road.

Police said the boy’s father went into the gas station for food and discovered the vehicle was stolen when he returned.

The incident was reported to police and an Amber Alert was issued. Bridgeview police began an immediate investigation in cooperation with numerous police agencies.

After four hours, the van was located near Belle Plaine and Pulaski in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. The car was discovered by Chicago officers called to the scene about a parking complaint for a different car. The boy was found safely inside. He was reunited with his family and taken to Swedish Hospital for an evaluation.

The father’s wallet had been left inside the vehicle and a card had been used without his permission at a gas station in Chicago.

Video surveillance from that exchange was used to track down Gutierrez him down.

A member of the Joliet Police Department assigned to the FBI task force and other agents were returning to the Bridgeview Police Department and located an individual who matched the suspect’s description in Harlem and Archer avenues in Summit.

Gutierrez was taken into custody shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning. He’s being held in the Cook County Jail on a $500,000 bond and is expected back in court Dec. 11.

Police said he could be transferred to state prison because the Illinois Department of corrections had issued a warrant for him for parole violation. He was also wanted on charges of retail theft in both Cook and Grundy counties.


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