|BG kidnapping investigated|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 20 August 2013 10:44|
Bowling Green Police have issued a warrant for Brittany J. Long, 20, on charges of kidnapping and robbery.
According to Bowling Green Police, the alleged victim, a Chinese national studying at the University of Toledo, was in an online chat room Saturday evening when he received a message from an unknown person asking if he would like to go to Cedar Point the next day. He indicated that he would, and arrangements were made to pick him up at his residence.
"He was just in a chat room," said Maj. Tony Hetrick of the BG Police Division. "I don't know what kind of information he was divulging. Somehow they determined they could get him out and they were able to do it."
The man was picked up at around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday by three people - Long, a white male and a black male - in a green two-door convertible. A fifth person, an unidentified Asian female, was later picked up at another Toledo residence. The group then drove to a vacant house on Palmer Avenue in Bowling Green.
The victim was reportedly taken into the house, then robbed at knife point. The suspects took his cell phone and wallet and held him there while some of them used his debit card at a location in Bowling Green.
The victim was then taken back into the car, and driven to an EconoLodge motel in Holland, where he was additionally held while the individuals attempted to make phone calls in an effort to ransom him.
The scheme apparently did not work, and the individuals released him late Sunday afternoon. The man returned home, and then came to Bowling Green to file a police report.
"They threatened if he went to the police that they were going to kill him," said Hetrick.
Long, the driver and owner of the vehicle, was found through the help of video footage that identified the EconoLodge.
Hetrick indicated that the Asian female in the car had reportedly said she was also abducted by the suspects, but her identity, whereabouts, and whether or not she was actually a victim, are unknown.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident. There is a reward for information in the case through Wood County CrimeStoppers.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:42|
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