Four teens have been arrested after sickening footage of a young man allegedly being held hostage, beaten and tortured was live-streamed on Facebook. Two men and two women believed to all be aged 18, were taken into custody by Chicago police on Wednesday after authorities were made aware of the 30-minute social media video.
The footage shows the four black people allegedly holding the white man hostage in an apartment on the 3400 block of West Lexington on Chicago’s West Side on Tuesday. The group is believed to have held the young man hostage for one to two days, and reportedly sent text messages to the victim’s parents during this time.
Meanwhile, Chicago police have refused to label the incident a hate crime, with Chicago Police Department Commander Kevin Duffin telling reporters, “Kids make stupid decisions — I shouldn’t call them kids, they’re legally adults. But they’re young adults and they make stupid decisions.”
CPD Arrested and Charged all four offenders with Hate Crime, as well as other charges, from West Side kidnapping and attack. Presser@2:15 pic.twitter.com/EoYnluf573
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 5, 2017
“We’re still talking to the victim. It’s quite a possibility that it is a kidnapping and that’s certainly one of the charges we’ll be seeking if it turns out to be that,” Chicago Police Commander Kevin Duffin said. “But, he’s traumatized by the incident and it’s very tough to communicate with him at this point.”
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He was filmed being kicked and punched before he had his hair cut until his scalp bleed. “He’s traumatized by the incident, and it’s very tough to communicate with him at this point,” police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said. At about the same time, police took several people into custody at a nearby address where they found signs of a struggle and property damage.