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Neighbor's call to police thwarts potential kidnapping

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Jose M. Cardenas / photo from Kane County Sheriff's police Jose M. Cardenas / photo from Kane County Sheriff's police
CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A neighbor alerting police to a disturbance on the street may have prevented the kidnapping of a northwest suburban teenager Wednesday, the Courier-News is reporting.

"We are grateful to the person who called to report the incident. It likely changed the outcome of this incident," Deputy Carpentersville Police Chief Michael J. Kilbourne said.

Jose M. Cardenas, 22, of the 1800 block of Huntington Boulevard in Hoffman Estates has been charged with felony counts of attempted kidnapping, unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery in a public way; and a misdemeanor count of violating an order of protection, police said.

He was ordered to remain in the Kane County Jail without bond until a risk assessment is completed.

According to Kilbourne, police were called at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday to the 100 block of Austin Avenue for a report of a man in the street with a gun.

Officers found Cardenas and a 17-year-old girl "involved in some type of disturbance in the middle of the street," Kilbourne said.

"There was a physical confrontation between the two when police arrived," and officers learned the two had a previous relationship "but considered themselves exes now," Kilbourne said.

The woman told police she had been leaving the Austin Avenue residence when a vehicle stopped behind her, blocking her in. She was then approached by Cardenas and dragged out of the car, she told police.

He was armed with an Airsoft rifle — a type of pellet gun — and was wearing a black mask, police said.

It was his intention, according to court documents, to take the woman to Hoffman Estates against her will, in spite of a previous order of protection against Cardenas by the victim.

The woman suffered minor injuries but did not need medical attention, Kilbourne said.

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