A kidnapping victim was found tied up in the garage of a 17-year veteran of the New York Police Department. He has has been suspended without pay.
The New York Post reports Ondre Johnson, a detective with the Brooklyn north gang unit, was being questioned in connection with the incident and was forced to surrender his gun and badge.
A source told the Post the 25-year-old victim was snatched off the street on July 26. The victim’s friends then got calls demanding $75,000 for the victim’s release.
The call was traced to Johnson’s home. When police arrived on Friday afternoon, Johnson answered the door and identified himself as a detective with the NYPD.
Investigators then found the victim tied up in the garage.
Four men have been charged in the apparent kidnapping scheme.
30-year-old Hakeem Clark, who lives in the same building as Johnson, was charged with kidnapping and weapons possession along with 27-year-old Jason Hutson and 27-year-old James Gayle.
24-year-old Alfredo Haughton was charged with kidnapping.
Johnson has not been charged.
A couple from suburban Chicago remain in jail after two of their five children were found blindfolded and bound in a Kansas Walmart parking lot.
The parents from Northlake, Ill., are each charged with two counts of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment. The charges are felonies. The man also faces one count of obstruction.
Deborah and Adolfo Gomez, of west suburban Northlake, were arrested Wednesday on two counts of child abuse and five counts of endangering a child.
The children are aged five through 15. Police say the two youngest, ages 5 and 7, were found bound and blindfolded in the family’s Chevy Suburban SUV that had been parked in a Walmart parking lot since Monday. The vehicle had no license plates, according to police.
Police say the family was traveling to Arizona to see relatives when their SUV developed mechanical problems on I-70 and they stopped in Lawrence.
A customer called police from inside the store saying they saw a child in the parking lot with his arms tied behind him sitting next to a van.
The vehicle was surrounded by police while the mother was shopping inside the Walmart. They say the father resisted when they tried to enter the vehicle, and they used tasers to subdue him.
Authorities in Lawrence are making temporary arrangements for all five of the children, while the parents are held at the Douglas County jail.
As for any injuries, the police made no mention of any in their statement, the local paper reports that medics examined family members at the scene and no one was taken to a hospital.
Two officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources who were checking for fishing violations at Dayton Port Roadside Park in Ramsey when they spotted a “bare-genitaled” man sitting in a sling, blindfolded, with all four of his limbs secured to two trees.
The officers called in the police, but when the arrived, the man was gone, leaving only the sling and some rope behind. They did find a car nearby which contained pornographic material.
Just as the officers were about to tow the vehicle, 50-year-old Alan Petrusson showed up and turned himself in, admitting that he had blindfolded and bound himself with slipknots, and was awaiting anonymous sex.
Petrusson was charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.
Police Chief Jim Way says that Dayton Port Roadside Park is no stranger to anonymous-sex-seekers, where six have been arrested in the past, using signals such as turning on their lights or rolling their windows half-way down to show other men they are interested in playing.