North Center: Bizarre robbery, kidnapping report investigated by cops

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Police are investigating an unusual robbery and kidnapping report filed in North Center on Thursday evening. No one is in custody.

Officers were called to the 3700 block of North Bell at 9:10 p.m. after a group of people reported that they were standing around smoking when two armed men emerged from two vehicles, threatened the group with guns, and forced a 16-year-old boy in the group to leave with them at gunpoint.

During the confrontation, one of the offenders approached a 27-year-old man in the group, said something to him, and struck the man in the eye with the butt of a handgun, police said. The offender then stole the man’s phone.

Further investigation revealed that the boy who was taken from the scene had been reported missing by his parents on Feb. 13th. Now, investigators are trying to determine if the purported kidnapping was actually an effort to force the teen into rehab.

The two vehicles—a black Chrysler and a white four-door vehicle—fled northbound on Bell.

One offender was described as a bald white male wearing red flannel. He has a beard and stands about 5’11” tall. The second suspect is the one who allegedly struck the 27-year-old and stole the man’s phone. That offender is described as being a black male who stands about 6-feet tall.

As of Sunday evening, no arrests have been made in the case, police said.
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