‘My baby is in the car:’ pregnant mom chased after alleged carjacker, kidnapper
BY TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter February 22, 2014 10:24AM
Deangelo Fountain / photo from Park Ridge police
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:36AM
When Deangelo Fountain allegedly jumped into a suburban woman’s car with her 5-year-old boy inside, the pregnant mother jumped on top of the vehicle’s hood, screaming at the top her lungs.
“My baby is in the car. My baby is in the car,” the seven-weeks pregnant woman yelled as Fountain backed her white Audi out of her Park Ridge driveway earlier this week, Cook County prosecutors said.
The woman, who had been unloading groceries out of her running car, chased the vehicle and was able to pull the driver’s side open and grab Fountain’s arm Thursday, prosecutors said. But Fountain, 18, allegedly pushed the woman and sped away.
Minutes later when he noticed Drake Whitker sleeping in the back, Fountain panicked and left the car in a Skokie alley, authorities said Saturday.
Fountain, who was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet for a pending residential burglary case, then hopped on a bus, got a haircut and went home, prosecutors said.
Thanks to an Amber Alert, Drake was found safe in the car that was left in Skokie.
Surveillance video from a storage facility in Des Plaines, a witness and an incident at an Arlington Heights school helped lead to Fountain’s arrest, Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said earlier Saturday.
Fountain, a student at Metro Prep High School, a special-needs school in Arlington Heights, had reportedly been involved in an altercation with a teacher and left the school earlier Thursday morning, Kaminski said.
Before the carjacking, police were called to the storage facility where Fountain came to ask for a plastic bag to put over himself because it was raining, Kaminski said.
When officers arrived, he was gone but he was allegedly caught on camera.
Drake’s mother identified Fountain in photo array and line-up, prosecutors said. And according to Kaminski, he also gave “a signed confession about the facts of the case.”
The teenager told police he didn’t understand what Drake’s mother was saying to him as she screamed for her son, prosecutors said.
Fountain, who was wearing a long sleeved WB Looney Tunes T-shirt in court, was ordered held without bail Saturday.
When defense attorneys started speaking about his troubled background, Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. said, “too bad.”
Fountain is facing aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle charges.
Contributing: Jennifer Johnson