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Woodridge Carjacking Suspect Put On Home Confinement

Prosecutors: Michael Buhrman, who allegedly stole a car at gunpoint in May, told a woman of his plan to flee to Chile.

A Coal City man accused in the May claimed he would flee to Chile to avoid the charges, according to prosecutors.

Buhrman was indicted in May on charges of aggravated vehicular hijacking, vehicular hijacking and unlawful use of a weapon. Prosecutors have said Buhrman, wearing a mask, pointed a loaded .45-caliber handgun at a woman sitting in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am at Kohl's, 1001 75th St. in Woodridge, on May 9.

Earlier this week, prosecutors asked a judge to raise the bail of 31-year-old Michael Buhrman to $1 million after information surfaced indicating Buhrman told a 20-year-old woman he had "access to a private jet" and recently purchased several thousands of dollars in gold, court documents state.

"(Buhrman) stated (to the woman) he intends to leave the country soon," the bond-increase motion explained, adding Buhrman planned to flee to Chile "within the next few weeks."

He remains free on $200,000 bail, but a judge placed him on home confinement and GPS monitoring this week after prosecutors raised concerns about Buhrman's reported statements to the woman, who said Buhrman introduced himself by a different last name when they met, records show.

The judge said Buhrman is allowed to leave his home for court, counseling sessions, his court-approved child visitation and to seek employment. Published reports have indicated Buhrman worked as a nuclear engineer at the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant in Morris.

Buhrman is also prohibited from being within five miles of any airport property, documents state.

The woman told authorities that Buhrman said his attorneys would stall the case by asking for continuances, giving him an opportunity to leave the country, records show.

"(She) has been attempting to renew her passport ... in order to give her relationship with the defendant a chance," prosecutors wrote in the motion.

John Moreli July 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Dumb fking Judges !!
julie July 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
i couldn't agree more with you!! they could of revoked his bond..
John Moreli July 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Yes they should have! Watch this scum get less prison time than Blagovich !
julie July 21, 2012 at 05:54 AM
I hope he gets charged with the most serious charges because then there is a automatic 15 years add on to the 6 years, and he has 4 different counts...

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