An Alton man is accused of stealing an SUV with a three-year-old boy strapped into the back seat. Police say 42 year old Bruce Norfleet of the 2400 block of Kohler in Alton carjacked a couple stopped at the traffic light at Broadway and Monument on December 16, taking off with the child. The SUV was later discovered with the boy, unhurt, still inside.
Police say Norfleet knew the mother, but it's unclear if he was aware the toddler was in the back seat. According to charges filed by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office, Norfleet knocked on the window of the vehicle, broke it, then punched and cut the husband who was the driver and forced him and his wife from the vehicle. He is now in custody, and held in lieu of $100,000 bond charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated battery.