Man charged with robbing, trying to kidnap victim in Bridgeport

Raymond Marshall (inset) is charged with robbing and trying to kidnap a man in Bridgeport on October 30, 2023. | Chicago Police Department; Provided

CHICAGO — A Des Plaines man has been charged with robbing and trying to kidnap a 35-year-old man in Bridgeport this week, Chicago police said. And a judge’s notes about the case say the crime was random.

Raymond Marshall, 34, and at least one accomplice who remained at large restrained the man with handcuffs and tried to kidnap him from the 3600 block of South Morgan around 5:20 p.m. Monday, according to CPD. At least three cameras recorded the abduction attempt and robbery. Some of that footage was shared with CWBChicago yesterday.

During Marshall’s detention hearing, prosecutors said the victim noticed an SUV behind him as he pulled into his garage around 4:50 p.m. He was preparing to unload items from his car when Marshall’s accomplice walked up behind him and placed a firearm to his head.

Marshall and an unknown accomplice pushed the victim to the ground and handcuffed his arms behind his back, prosecutors said in a detention filing. As the victim struggled to get away, Marshall allegedly tased him three times, in the head, neck, and wrist.

Prosecutors said the victim screamed for help and asked the men what they wanted as they pulled him out of the garage and tried to force him into a Cadillac Escalade.

When a witness tried to intervene in the abduction, one of the offenders pointed a gun at him and told him to get back, the detention filing said.

As nearby residents looked on from their homes and the garage, the offenders abandoned the kidnapping attempt. Marshall fled on foot while the other man fled in the SUV, prosecutors said.

A Chicago police officer happened to be passing by at the time of the crime. Prosecutors said they tried to block the SUV in, but it slipped away. That officer also saw Marshall running away, and he radioed a description, officials said.

Police searched the area and found Marshall as he tried to climb a fence. Prosecutors said he had a mask, sunglasses, and gloves when police stopped him. Officers allegedly found the victim’s phone near the spot where Marshall tried to climb a fence, and a Taser was recovered from a nearby gangway.

Marshall is charged with armed robbery and attempted kidnapping through force or threat of force.

Marshall’s 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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