Detective Ondre Johnson, a 17-year veteran with the New York Police Department, has been suspended without pay after a kidnapping victim was found bound and gagged in his Queens, New York garage, reports NBCNews.com.
Johnson is being questioned about the crime by internal affairs. Allegedly, 25-year-old Brian Karikari was snatched off the street Friday morning and a $75,000 ransom was sought. Ping emitted from the his cell phone led police to Johnson’s address. Arriving with the intent to question people, they heard Karikari’s cries from the garage. When they knocked on Johnson’s door, the detective answered and upon entering on a search warrant, officers also discovered a safe and fake credit card machinery in the home.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, Johnson has not charged with kidnapping; however, his cousin, Hakeem Clark, 30 — who lives in the other side of the two family home — has been charged along with Jason Hutson, 27, with kidnapping and forgery. They were arraigned Saturday night and remain in prison. Alfredo Haughton, 24, and James Gayle, 27, were initially suspected as well, but have not been charged at this time.
The investigation is still ongoing and Johnson, who was assigned to Brooklyn North gang-investigation unit, has been stripped of his gun and badge. Unfortunately, said one official, “he found himself running with a questionable crowd.”