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Pedro Santiago Jr.

Real Name: Gerardo Gonzalez
Aliases: Cachimba
Wanted For: Questioning in Hit-and-Run, Manslaughter
Missing Since: December 12, 1990


Details: Eleven-year-old Pedro Santiago Jr. was a fifth grader and the son of Pedro Sr. and Edith Santiago. He was born and raised in the Logan Square section of Chicago, Illinois. As a result, he knew the area well and always felt safe there. He was popular with his peers, a good student, and a talented athlete. By the age of eleven, he had already earned a black belt in karate.
On December 12, 1990, Pedro came home from school and called Edith at work to fill her in on his plans for the afternoon. He told her that he was going to go across the street to play with his friend, Eric. Shortly after 3pm, he left his home. At the same time, two neighborhood teenagers were walking back from the corner market. Suddenly, as he walked into the street, he was hit by a black Oldsmobile. The teenagers witnessed the incident and ran to his aid.
The driver got out and started to swear and hit his car in anger. One of the teenagers went to call an ambulance, while the other stayed with Pedro. Seconds later, the driver jumped back into his car and took off. A few minutes later, the ambulance arrived and took Pedro to the emergency room. The hospital's chaplain immediately contacted Edith. Pedro was unconscious and suffering from massive head injuries. Pedro Sr. and Edith only had a few seconds to comfort him before he was taken to the operating room.
Pedro hung on for ten agonizing days, but he never regained consciousness. He was buried on the day after Christmas. With his death, the hit-and-run incident escalated to a case of manslaughter. The police put out an all-points bulletin for the car's owner, a Cuban immigrant known on the streets as "Cachimba". When police efforts to find him failed, Pedro Sr. began to search on his own.
Pedro Sr. went to several bars and other places in town, asking people if they knew Cachimba. They told him that he had left the area around Christmas. Before he left, he asked several people for money to help do so. He told one friend that he was in trouble with the police and was planning to go to New York. He told another person that he was planning to go to Florida. He gave this information to the police; despite this, he has never been found.
Pedro Sr. and Edith still hope that Cachimba will be located. The police have not charged him with any crime, but they would like to question him about the incident. His real name is Gerardo Gonzalez. He is 5'8" and weighs 160 pounds. He may be living in New York, Florida, Michigan, or Illinois. There are no known photographs of him.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 22, 1993 episode, which also featured a roll-call of hit-and-run cases including those of Jacquelyn Tendall and Gail Jordan and Dawn Lamont.
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