Nov. 15--Wheeling police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who allegedly hijacked a car with a mother and two young children inside as her husband made a quick run into a drug store Sunday.
After reviewing surveillance video from the Walgreens at 10 N. Milwaukee Ave. and conducting a photo lineup with the mother, who was robbed of her phone and money before she was released with her children on Chicago's Northwest Side, police believe the suspect to be Leon Spektor, a 38-year-old homeless man who is known to frequent the Wheeling area and North Side of Chicago.
An arrest warrant for Spektor has been approved, authorities said.
"He took them on a 25-mile terrorizing drive," said Deputy Chief Todd Wolff of the Wheeling Police Department.
One child was a week old and the other was 3 years old, police said.
Spektor is 6 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has dark hair with a receding hairline, a light beard or facial hair and was last seen dressed in a green puffy coat, white and gray camouflage pants and a black winter hat.
Police were called to the Walgreens at 3:20 p.m. Sunday by the husband, who said he left his family in the running vehicle and came out to find them missing. After he made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the mother by cellphone, police reviewed video from the store that showed a man entering the vehicle and driving away.
"This was a homeless individual with a criminal history who was just lurking," Wolff said.
Anyone who sees him should call 911. Anyone with other information that might assist in finding the suspect should call 847-459-2632.
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