Kidnapping attempt caught on video in Bridgeport, suspect detained

Screengrabs show the kidnapping in progress and a bystander intervening. | Provided

Chicago police are questioning a suspect after three police impersonators robbed and tried to kidnap a man in Bridgeport on Monday afternoon. Much of the assault was recorded on video shared with CWBChicago.

Police said it happened in the 3600 block of South Morgan around 4:50 p.m. A 35-year-old man was approached by the three assailants, one of whom pretended to be a law enforcement officer, a CPD spokesperson said.

After hitting the man in the head and face, they restrained his hands with handcuffs and tried to force him into a vehicle, according to the police. The group also tased the man on the back of his neck and took his phone.

Video recorded from a nearby balcony shows a bystander intervening in the attack, but the camera operator took cover after they thought they saw one of the offenders draw a firearm.

Two of the assailants fled in the SUV, and the third ran away on foot, leaving the victim behind. Police arrested a man suspected to be the third offender, seen wearing a dark hoodie in the video, nearby.

The CPD spokesperson said officers recovered the victim’s phone and the offenders’ Taser.

Charges were pending against the detained man as of Tuesday afternoon, police said. His recent criminal history includes a conviction for unlawful use of a weapon last year and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to a residence and assault in 2021, according to Cook County court records.

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