DePaul student reports being abducted near campus, robbed

The DePaul University gateway at Fullerton and Lincoln Avenues. | DePaul University

UPDATE Jan 14th: Despite police and DePaul denials, charges have now been filed in this case.

UPDATE Jan 10th: DePaul sent the following email to students on Thursday: “Chicago Police have determined that a student’s report on Jan. 9 of being kidnapped near Fullerton and Halsted and robbed is false.”
Chicago police are re-interviewing a DePaul University student who reported that he was abducted at gunpoint from near the school’s Lincoln Park campus by a group of offenders who subsequently robbed him, according to a police department spokesperson.

Approximate location of the reported kidnapping

Police said a 19-year-old man told them that he was walking in an alley near Fullerton and Halsted around 8 p.m. on Tuesday when the group of men ordered him into a dark sedan at gunpoint.

DePaul’s Office of Public Safety said the alleged kidnapping was carried out by two men and a woman in an alley behind the McDonald’s restaurant at 2400 North Lincoln

In an alert to the DePaul community, the school said the student reported being taken to an unknown location off-campus where he was robbed of his valuables and released. He was not injured, DePaul officials said.

Area North Detectives were still trying to determine where the student was taken, police said late Wednesday morning. Officers were searching for any available surveillance images.

“This is still an active and ongoing investigation,” the police spokesperson said.
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