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  • scotty_appleton814
    Bummer, but who knows what the end result of this incident will be, since it will be tried in the infamous C(r)ook County court system.

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  • L-1
    Kidnapping or citizen's arrest with a few procedural flaws?

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    started a topic Kidnapping "Victims" Stole Safe With $80K

    Kidnapping "Victims" Stole Safe With $80K


    Cops: Kidnapping victims stole safe with $80K
    By Natalie Hayes Pioneer Press: Monday June 29, 2015 6:05 pm

    Two men were kidnapped after they stole a safe containing $80,000 from the home of one of those accused of kidnapping them, police say.

    Joseph Van De Carr, 39, of the 1100 block of Northwest Highway in Park Ridge, and Erik O'Caroll, 20, of the 4100 block of North Pittsburgh Avenue in Chicago, were arrested May 20 and were each charged with aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. Harwood Heights police said Van De Carr turned himself in; they said they arrested O'Caroll at his home.

    Van De Carr's brother-in-law, John Vincent Verdino, 19, of the 3300 block of Gustav Street in Franklin Park, and Jared A. Roggenkamp, 23, of Park Ridge, both were charged with residential burglary in connection with the incident, Harwood Heights police said.

    Authorities said that because the locations of the alleged crimes took place in three towns, the case was investigated by three police departments — Harwood Heights, Park Ridge and River Grove.

    Detective Damian Villagomez of the River Grove Police Department said the charges stem from two arrests made by the Park Ridge Police Department in connection with Van De Carr's home being burglarized May 15, in which $80,000 in cash and other items were removed from a safe in the home.

    A report from the Harwood Heights Police Department said Roggenkamp told police that he and Verdino decided to burglarize Van De Carr's home after Verdino's sister, who is also Van De Carr's wife, told him Van De Carr had been physically abusive toward her and that he "was hiding untaxed money in his safe."

    Harwood Heights police said that on May 15, Roggenkamp and Verdino entered Van De Carr's home and stole a safe containing $80,000. They used $5,000 to buy two used motorcycles and went out riding the bikes together on May 18, according to Harwood Heights police.

    They became separated as they drove east on Grand Avenue in River Grove, police said.

    Villagomez said that Van De Carr suspected who might have burglarized his home and confronted Verdino as he rode his motorcycle in River Grove in the area of Elm and Richards streets after Verdino was separated from Roggenkamp.

    Van De Carr then allegedly pulled Verdino off the motorcycle, punched him and threw him in the trunk of his car, River Grove police said.

    Later that day, Roggenkamp got text messages from Verdino's phone claiming he had been arrested by the Harwood Heights Police Department, Harwood Heights police said. The person sending the messages from Verdino's phone asked him for a ride from the parking lot of the Life Storage building on the 7100 block of Gunnison Street in Harwood Heights, according to Harwood Heights police.

    Authorities said that when Roggenkamp arrived, he was cornered by two other vehicles being driven by O'Caroll and Van De Carr. They dragged him out of his vehicle and started beating him, Harwood Heights police said.

    Harwood Heights police said that for the next four hours, Roggenkamp was driven around, beaten and tortured while Van De Carr repeatedly asked him to disclose the location of the money.

    Roggenkamp was blindfolded and didn't know where he was taken but told police that after about three stops, he was taken out of the vehicle and put into the back seat of another vehicle with Verdino, who reportedly also had been beaten.

    Villagomez said the two were taken to another location, restrained with handcuffs and duct tape, and beaten until they revealed where the money was.

    Villagomez said the two were released at 4:30 a.m. May 19 at a Franklin Park gas station at Belmont Avenue and River Road after their captors got the money back.

    Franklin Park police said Verdino's father contacted them after seeing the extent of his son's injuries. The investigation also caught the attention of Park Ridge police, and Verdino and Roggenkamp later were arrested in connection with the burglary of Van De Carr's home.

    Pioneer Press reporter David Pollard contributed.

    Natalie Hayes is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

    Copyright © 2015, Chicago Tribune

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