And from the land of WTF: Police find kids tied up in SUV at WalMart
Parents arrested after police find children blindfolded and bound outside Walmart parking lot
PUBLISHED: 16:23 EST, 14 June 2012 | UPDATED: 22:56 EST, 14 June 2012
A suburban Chicago couple is behind bars and their five children are in protective custody after two of them were discovered blindfolded and with their limbs bound in the parking lot of a Walmart, police said.
Adolfo Gomez, 52, and Deborah Gomez, 43, of Northlake, Illinois, were arrested after police visited the store in Lawrence, Kansas on Wednesday and spotted a 5-year-old boy sitting on the ground beside a large SUV with his hands tied behind his back, his legs bound and a blindfold covering his eyes.
A 7-year-old girl was found inside the vehicle, also bound and blindfolded, along with three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, who were not restrained.
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Adolfo Gomez (left) and his wife Deborah Gomez were arrested after police discovered two of their five children bound and blindfolded in the parking lot of a WalMart store in Illinois
Lawrence police spokesman Sergeant Trent McKinley said he does not know why the two children were tied up and blindfolded.
Mr Gomez standing near the vehicle when an officer approached it in response to a call police received from a concerned shopper.
The man ducked inside the vehicle and the officer, concerned that the man could be reaching for a weapon, used a stun gun and put him in handcuffs, McKinley said.
Case: Adolfo Gomez (pictured) and Deborah Gomez were charged in Kansas after two of their children were found bound and blindfolded at a Walmart
Found: Police spotted a boy, 5, on the ground beside a van (pictured) with his hands and legs tied up and a blindfold covering his eyes
'This is an extremely unusual circumstance,' McKinley said.
Officers found the children's mother inside the Walmart and arrested her too, McKinley said.
The adults were arrested on suspicion of child abuse and child endangerment and were scheduled to appear in court in Lawrence on Thursday afternoon.
The father also was accused of obstruction.
'Unusual': Police found the children's mother inside Walmart (pictured) shopping while her daughter, 7, was inside the car also bound and blindfolded
After recently leaving their home in Illinois, the family was forced to pull off the Interstate 70 late Monday when their vehicle had transmission problems, McKinley said, citing interviews with the family.
They were driving to visit relatives in Arizona, he said.
Wal-Mart is helping the police with the investigation, including providing video surveillance footage, company spokeswoman Ashley Hardie said on Thursday.
'We are working closely with the Lawrence police department and providing any information we have,' she said.
She would not elaborate on what the video revealed and referred all questions to the police.
The couple have had trouble with law in the past involving their children.
Problems: The family recently left their home in Illinois when they were forced to stop at the Walmart due to car problems on their way to Arizona
They were charged with child endangerment in 1998 for leaving the only two children they had at the time, ages one and two, alone in their Naperville, Illinois apartment for up to eight hours as they worked at night.
An official at the time told the Chicago Tribune that the case was 'among most severe cases of neglect I've seen since I've been on the job.'
Deborah Gomez, who had pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor, ran into legal problems in 2001 for failing to take part in parenting counseling as part of the condition of her guilty plea.
Meanwhile, Adolfo Gomez has been arrested for several crimes, including three cases of driving while intoxicated.
He also spent time in prison on theft and burglary charges in the 1980s.