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Nuclear plant operator arrested for Woodridge carjacking in custody after disappearance

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 5:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 11:43 a.m. CDT

A former nuclear plant operator who disappeared after being arrested for a Woodridge carjacking is being held in U.S. Official's custody, according to Paul Darrah, a spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Federal authorities detained Michael Buhrman, 33, of Coal City, on Thursday, Darrah said. Buhrman was arrested in May of 2012 and given a 40-year prison sentence after being tried in absentia.

Buhrman will be in the custody of DuPage County officials in the near future, according to Darrah. As of Friday morning, Darrah could not confirm where Buhrman was found or arrested, although reports indicate he may have been in South America.

A former co-worker of Buhrman's, Landon Brittain, was also charged in the carjacking and is being held in the DuPage County jail awaiting trial after recently being arrested in Venezuela.

According to police reports, Buhrman was arrested May 9, 2012 after approaching a woman in a Kohl's parking lot, pointing a .45-caliber handgun at her, ordering her out of a vehicle and driving off. Buhrman was found guilty of aggravated vehicular hijacking.

In July of 2012, prosecutors learned Buhrman allegedly had plans to flee the country to Chile and had told another person he had access to a private jet, off-shore bank accounts and $100,000 in gold according to court records.

After posting bond in 2012, Buhrman was ordered to house confinement and GPS monitoring. In September 2012, police were alerted to Buhrman's home in Coal City. When they arrived, Buhrman was gone and they found his GPS ankle bracelet, blood and signs of a break-in, according to Darrah.

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