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Still on the run, Coal City man sentenced to 40 years for armed hijacking in Woodridge

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:59 p.m. CDT

WOODRIDGE – A Coal City man convicted of a 2012 armed hijacking in Woodridge was sentenced to 40 years in jail on Wednesday.

Michael Buhrman, 32, of Coal City, was convicted and sentenced in absentia – he's been on the run since he posted bond and removed a GPS monitoring device in September, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

On May 9, 2012, a masked Buhrman approached his victim as she sat in her parked car in a Woodridge parking lot. Buhrman then pointed a loaded .45 caliber handgun at the victim's head and ordered her out of the car.

Once the victim exited the vehicle, Buhrman continued to point his weapon at her as he entered her vehicle and drove off.

Woodridge police quickly apprehended Buhrman in a separate parking lot several minutes later.

Once apprehended, Buhrman will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence.

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.

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