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$5M bond for Chicago man charged with abducting Mundelein girl

Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

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Updated: November 5, 2013 6:24AM

Bond was set at $5 million Thursday for a Chicago man charged with abducting a 3-year-old Mundelein girl on Monday.

Jose Reyes, 28, of the 4900 block of West North Avenue, was charged with kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping and unlawful restraint, all felonies. Reyes was being held at the Lake County jail.

Reyes refused to provide a DNA sample after he was arrested Wednesday night at his Libertyville job, but officials obtained a warrant allowing them to perform the test.

“It’s too early to speculate what charges might be added at this point,” Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said Thursday at a news conference.

He said the 3-year-old was doing well, but police are awaiting results of medical tests.

“She is at home, and she is in good condition,” Guenther said, adding that her family felt a “wonderful sense of relief” after learning of the arrest.

The girl was taken about 5:30 p.m. Monday. At least one witnesss said Reyes had been seen earlier in the day handing out candy to children in the area, police said. He also was reported to have been in the area on Sunday, police said.

Reyes did not appear to have any connections to the victim.

Before the abduction, the girl was walking with her mother and her older sister to a condo building. The mother went ahead and the suspect pulled up in a car and had a “brief conversation” with the two children just outside the entrance. Then he grabbed the 3-year-old, Guenther said.

“The mother returned from shopping with her 3- and 9-year-old girls and had gone through the first set of doors and had started to go through the locked second doors when she noticed the girls had stopped outside,” Guenther said. “He approached the girls, had a 15-second conversation with both of them and then physically picked [the 3-year-old] up and put her in his vehicle,” which was parked right in front of the building .

Witnesses saw the car drive away toward Route 45, Guenther said.

“A private citizen’s security camera caught him going into the complex and dropping off the girl 30 minutes later in a rear parking lot,” he said.

A resident saw the girl running in a parking lot at the condo complex, Guenther said.

Surveillance video of a 2007 Black 4-door Hyundai Accent helped lead authorities to Reyes, Guenther said. The abducted girl’s sister and an adult female witness helped police create a sketch of the suspect .

Contributing: Jim Newton and Frank Abderholden


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