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Police: Frankfort man kidnapped boy from home, claimed he 'needed help'

Ricardo Zambrano
Ricardo Zambrano

A Frankfort man allegedly burst into a woman’s home and tried to take her 4-year-old son back to his home after “having an internal feeling that the boy needed help,” authorities said.

About 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Will County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence on West Saint Francis Road in Frankfort for an incident that had just occurred, Kathy Hoffmeyer, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said in an email.

The deputies spoke with a 41-year-old woman, who claimed she was inside her home when she heard her dog barking and then saw her son talking to Ricardo Zambrano, 41, her neighbor, through a side window of the front door of her home.

The mother reportedly told her son he could not go outside and for Zambrano to come back later. However, as she turned her back, she heard a loud noise and saw Zambrano force his way through the front door and grab the boy forcefully, Hoffmeyer said.

Zambrano left her residence with her son, Hoffmeyer said, and the mother screamed and attempted to get her son back.

The mother alleged in a petition for a protective order against Zambrano that when his wife came out of their home and asked him “what was going on,” that distracted him enough that she was able to get her son back. She claimed in the petition that when she went after him screaming for her son, he said “something about Jesus and demons to save me from sin.”

Hoffmeyer said Zambrano told deputies that he was “having an internal feeling that the boy needed help.” Deputies arrested him.

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