A couple from suburban Chicago remain in jail after two of their five children were found blindfolded and bound in a Kansas Walmart parking lot.

The parents from Northlake, Ill., are each charged with two counts of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment. The charges are felonies. The man also faces one count of obstruction.

Deborah and Adolfo Gomez, of west suburban Northlake, were arrested Wednesday on two counts of child abuse and five counts of endangering a child.

The children are aged five through 15. Police say the two youngest, ages 5 and 7, were found bound and blindfolded in the family’s Chevy Suburban SUV that had been parked in a Walmart parking lot since Monday. The vehicle had no license plates, according to police.

Police say the family was traveling to Arizona to see relatives when their SUV developed mechanical problems on I-70 and they stopped in Lawrence.

A customer called police from inside the store saying they saw a child in the parking lot with his arms tied behind him sitting next to a van.

The vehicle was surrounded by police while the mother was shopping inside the Walmart. They say the father resisted when they tried to enter the vehicle, and they used tasers to subdue him.

Authorities in Lawrence are making temporary arrangements for all five of the children, while the parents are held at the Douglas County jail.

As for any injuries, the police made no mention of any in their statement, the local paper reports that medics examined family members at the scene and no one was taken to a hospital.


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And sticking with elderly women …. Grand Junction police have arrested a 73-year-old woman on a warrant this week who they suspect was the getaway driver in a robbery last month.

Mesa County resident Barbara Mae West posted bond on Thursday after being arrested on tentative charges of vehicular eluding, burglary and trespass.

A police report indicated that West borrowed an SUV from an acquaintance with an explanation that she needed to use it to get to church.

According to documents, West was at the wheel of that SUV when it sped off from the scene of a burglary on 28 1/2 Road on Jan. 23.

Police drove after the vehicle and caught up with it when it got stuck at the dead end area of a street.

Two men who were believed to be responsible for the burglary allegedly ran away from the car but West stayed at the wheel and “just sat there and looked forward, not acknowledging (a police officer) was talking to her.”

Police said that the men stole expensive electrical piping, and that it was found in the vehicle.

West was taken to jail after the crime and released from jail, then arrested this week again on a warrant.

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Boy throws rocks, shot by crossbow

On September 1, 2011, in Vehicles, Weapons, by djeyli

Never bring a rock to a crossbow fight.

San Diego police say a shirtless 16-year-old boy and friend were throwing rocks at a black Toyota RAV4 in the Linda Vista neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Unfortunately for the boy, a passenger in the SUV was armed. The stranger retaliated by firing a crossbow out the window.

The boy was shot in the right side and was taken to a hospital.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the unnamed kid’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Cops think two Latino males were riding in the SUV, but they haven’t made any arrests.

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