Mostly Cloudy
24°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Despite fleeing, Coal City man found guilty in Woodridge car jacking

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:06 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:00 p.m. CST

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced last week that a jury has found a Coal City man guilty of a felony for hijacking a woman last year in a Woodridge parking lot.

Michael Buhrman, 32, was found guilty of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, a Class X Felony.

Buhrman was tried in absentia after he removed a GPS tracking device and fled in September 2012, according to the state’s attorney office.

The verdict followed allegations that at 9:55 p.m. May 12, 2012, a masked Buhrman approached a female victim as she sat in her parked car in a Woodridge parking lot.

Buhrman then pointed a loaded .45 caliber handgun at Bradley’s head and ordered her out of the car before driving off with the car.

Woodridge police quickly apprehended Buhrman in a separate parking lot several minutes later, but since posting $200,000 bond he has not showed up at any court hearings.

Buhrman’s next court date is scheduled for May 15 for return of the pre-sentence report.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Buhrman is encouraged to contact the Woodridge Police Department or the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Suburban Life Media.

Watch Now

Player embeded on all SLM instances for analytics purposes.

Lemont varsity cheerleaders half-time

More videos »

Reader Poll

What's your ideal Valentine's Day date?
Sharing popcorn on the couch
Dinner and a movie
Weekend getaway
It's just another day