18-year-old man charged in Park Ridge carjacking, kidnapping

18-year-old man charged in Park Ridge carjacking, kidnapping

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Deangelo Fountain, 18. (Park Ridge police) Deangelo Fountain, 18. (Park Ridge police)
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

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, the Sun-Times is reporting.

"My baby is in the car. My baby is in the car," the seven-weeks pregnant woman yelled as 18-year-old Fountain backed her Audi out of her Park Ridge driveway earlier this week, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

The woman, who had been unloading groceries out of her running car Thursday, chased the vehicle and was able to pull the driver's side open and grab Fountain's arm, prosecutors said. But Fountain 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.

Fountain, who was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet for a pending residential burglary case, then hopped on a bus, got a haircut and then went home, prosecutors said.

Thanks to an Amber Alert, Drake later turned up 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 that morning 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, Fountain was seen asking for a plastic bag to put over himself because it was raining at a Des Plaines storage facility, Kaminski said.

Drake's mother identified Fountain in a 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, police said.

Fountain, who was wearing a long sleeved WB Looney Tunes T-shirt in court Saturday, was ordered held without bail.

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.

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