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Arrest made in 2022 Wheaton Kidnapping of Five Year Old Child

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Wheaton Police Chief Princeton Youker and DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced the identification of an alleged suspect who has been charged in connection with an aggravated kidnapping that occurred on April 18, 2022 in a Wheaton parking lot.

At approximately 9:36 a.m. on April 18, 2022, a male suspect unlawfully entered a parked and running vehicle outside the UPS Store, located at 20 Danada Square West. A five-year-old child was in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle while the child’s parent was inside the store. The suspect drove away with the child inside. The child was able to exit the vehicle unharmed approximately two blocks away from the store and was brought to safety by passing motorists.

Officers from the Wheaton Police Department and surrounding agencies searched for the stolen vehicle and spotted it traveling westbound on Butterfield Road a short time later. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, it fled from officers at a high rate of speed.

Wheaton Police Detectives conducted a lengthy and extensive investigation into this case which led to identifying the suspect as Balint Kiss, 34 years old, of the 1400 block of Caldwell Lane in Hoffman Estates.

On March 25, 2024, an arrest warrant was issued for Kiss for Aggravated Kidnapping – Child Under 13 (Class X Felony), Kidnapping (Class 2 Felony), and Aggravated Unlawful Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony), stemming from this incident. At the time the warrant was issued, Kiss was in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on unrelated charges. On June 6, 2024, Kiss was temporarily transferred to the custody of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office to appear before a DuPage County judge on the kidnapping charges. He pled not guilty, and his next court date is scheduled for July 24, 2024. He will remain in the custody of IDOC until his next court date.

“First and foremost, we are so thankful that the child in this situation was brought to safety quickly,” Chief Youker said. “Anyone who commits a dangerous crime like this in Wheaton needs to know that we will investigate extensively, and they will be brought to justice. I want to thank Lead Detective Johnson and the entire detective division for their hard work on this case, along with State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s Office for approving the charges against Mr. Kiss.”

“I commend the Wheaton Police Department for their outstanding work in identifying Mr. Kiss as a suspect in this case,” Berlin said. “Their persistence, which led to an arrest nearly two years after the alleged crime, is a testament to their commitment to public safety. We are all thankful that the young child was physically unharmed and safely reunited with her parent following what I’m sure was a very traumatic experience.”

Notice to Public: The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Constitutionally, a defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Wheaton Police Chief Princeton Youker and DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced the identification of an alleged suspect who has been charged in connection with an aggravated kidnapping that occurred on April 18, 2022 in a Wheaton parking lot.

At approximately 9:36 a.m. on April 18, 2022, a male suspect unlawfully entered a parked and running vehicle outside the UPS Store, located at 20 Danada Square West. A five-year-old child was in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle while the child’s parent was inside the store. The suspect drove away with the child inside. The child was able to exit the vehicle unharmed approximately two blocks away from the store and was brought to safety by passing motorists.

Officers from the Wheaton Police Department and surrounding agencies searched for the stolen vehicle and spotted it traveling westbound on Butterfield Road a short time later. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, it fled from officers at a high rate of speed.

Wheaton Police Detectives conducted a lengthy and extensive investigation into this case which led to identifying the suspect as Balint Kiss, 34 years old, of the 1400 block of Caldwell Lane in Hoffman Estates.

On March 25, 2024, an arrest warrant was issued for Kiss for Aggravated Kidnapping – Child Under 13 (Class X Felony), Kidnapping (Class 2 Felony), and Aggravated Unlawful Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony), stemming from this incident. At the time the warrant was issued, Kiss was in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on unrelated charges. On June 6, 2024, Kiss was temporarily transferred to the custody of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office to appear before a DuPage County judge on the kidnapping charges. He pled not guilty, and his next court date is scheduled for July 24, 2024. He will remain in the custody of IDOC until his next court date.

“First and foremost, we are so thankful that the child in this situation was brought to safety quickly,” Chief Youker said. “Anyone who commits a dangerous crime like this in Wheaton needs to know that we will investigate extensively, and they will be brought to justice. I want to thank Lead Detective Johnson and the entire detective division for their hard work on this case, along with State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s Office for approving the charges against Mr. Kiss.”

“I commend the Wheaton Police Department for their outstanding work in identifying Mr. Kiss as a suspect in this case,” Berlin said. “Their persistence, which led to an arrest nearly two years after the alleged crime, is a testament to their commitment to public safety. We are all thankful that the young child was physically unharmed and safely reunited with her parent following what I’m sure was a very traumatic experience.”

Notice to Public: The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Constitutionally, a defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.