updated 11/28/2005 12:00:06 AM ET 2005-11-28T05:00:06

An 18-year-old Chicago man was arrested after allegedly kidnapping two young children to perform a demonic ritual intended to bring back his former girlfriend, authorities said.

David Rodriguez was being held on $500,000 bond. Prosecutors said he and a 15-year-old companion snatched the children Friday outside a South Side library and planned to carve a pentagram in the girl’s chest.

Rodriguez apparently needed only the girl, so he released her 8-year-old brother, who told people on the street about the kidnapping, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Tracy Senica said.

Police found the girl unharmed at Rodriguez’s home, and they arrested Rodriguez when he returned with candles and incense.

Rodriguez was charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, police spokesman John Mirabelli said.

His grandfather, Julian Rodriguez, called the accusations “ridiculous.” He said grandson was a “good kid.”

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