Chicago man charged with kidnapping attempt after his ex recognizes him on TV news, prosecutors say

A man is facing attempted kidnapping charges after his ex-girlfriend recognized him in surveillance footage of the crime that Chicago police released to the public last week, officials said Monday.

At around noon last Thursday, September 8, a woman and her 5-year-old daughter were walking home from running errands in Belmont Cragin when a man approached them.

Prosecutors said the woman was having a bad day, and she took a shot of alcohol that the man offered her from a bottle while making small talk. She then continued on her way with the child.

Gerardo Posadas (inset) and an image from video of the alleged kidnapping attempt. | CPD

About five minutes later, as the woman and child were walking in the 5100 block of West Fullerton, the man reappeared and allegedly offered to buy the girl from her mother for $150.

As they walked away, he grabbed the girl’s pocket and then her hair, according to prosecutors. The man fled when the woman threatened to kill him.

On Thursday evening, Chicago police released surveillance video of the man confronting the woman and grabbing the child.

Prosecutors said a woman saw the video on TV and called police after recognizing him as her ex-boyfriend, Gerardo Posadas, 25. The five-year-old’s mother identified Posadas in a photo line-up, and police took him into custody.

Posadas allegedly told police during an interview that he did look like the man in the video, but he denied having any memory of the event.

He is currently on court supervision for a misdemeanor battery case, according to prosecutors, but he has no other criminal history.

Judge Maryam Ahmad ordered him to pay a $20,000 deposit toward bail to go home on electronic monitoring. Ahmad specifically refused to permit Posadas to leave his home for 48 hours without penalty, as allowed under the SAFE-T Act that state politicians passed last year.

He faces attempted kidnapping and aggravated battery in a public place charges.