Video Update of Georgetown Kidnapping Suspect

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect and vehicle in connection with a kidnapping that occurred in the 3400 block of O Street, Northwest.

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, at approximately 3:20 pm, a suspect forced the victim into a vehicle and drove away. The suspect made several attempts to force the victim to withdraw money from an automated teller machines (ATM) and make large purchases at retail locations, both in the District of Columbia and Maryland. The suspect and victim are known to have been in the 4500 and 5400 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest.

The suspect is described as white male in his late 30’s to 40’s, 5’9’’-6’0’’ tall, with a medium build, dark colored hair, dark colored mustache, and beard. He was last seen wearing a black suit, black shirt, gray neck tie, and black shoes.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a light gray or silver colored sport-utility vehicle (SUV) or crossover style four door of an unknown make or model.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • I’ll still never get over how these front door cameras on our row homes are HD but yet these cameras at every retail store are potatoes.

    • My guess is most retail places bought them 5-10 years ago and never upgraded. I think they mostly just want the cameras for the insurance write off, I don’t think most places review footage regularly.

  • Is that a Cartier store?

  • Am I the only one confused by the victim (I believe, I could be wrong dude w/ a backpack) having his phone on him… you can see him look at it during the video. Why didn’t he call 911? Or text someone? Doesn’t Cartier have a security person at the front door? Why didn’t he say, “PLEASE HELP ME!”

    • Yeah – I’m a little confused about that too! I wonder why they wouldn’t text someone to call 911 on their behalf? Must be some other factors at play – maybe the kidnapper was threatening his family?

    • Tsar of Truxton

      This whole story is confusing. Why did all the ATM withdrawals get rejected? Did he have no money and not know? You would think a pulling up his account balance on the screen would prove that he didn’t have money. Someone suggested to EITM this morning that the victim might have a gambling debt or something like that. Obviously, that is pure speculation, but something just doesn’t seem right about this whole story. Even the perpetrator in this picture looks like a mob guy or something and not your run of the mill mugger (he is wearing a suit!).

      • Wasn’t it a Georgetown student? I mean, a lot of college students do not have lots of money in their accounts I’d assume. If he was trying to withdrawal $200 and he only had $100 in his account, it’s going to get rejected – and would explain why it got rejected at the stores.
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        But yes, this is a weird, weird story.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          I never said I was surprised he didn’t have money (though I would be very surprised if he had literally $0), but it is easy to see how much is in there. If he only had 100 in his account, why wouldn’t he withdraw 100 so it wasn’t rejected? You see?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Maybe he tried to do something that would cause it to be rejected in hopes of getting to keep all of his money. If that is what he did, it appears to have worked.

          • Tsar of Truxton

            It is possible. But if I was a would be kidnapper taking a person around for money, I would say pull up your account balance on screen and then determine how much should be withdrawn based on the amount and the person’s daily limit. It is just strange. That is all I am saying.

          • Tsar – trust me, there’s a lot of weird stuff going on here.

    • Something tells me they wouldn’t have put up video with the victim in it though….

    • We don’t know backpack guy was the victim, and if it is we don’t know the victim wasn’t trying to get help on the phone. Looks like the perp really hustled him through the jewelry store, maybe the victim was trying to reach someone via text and they kept moving. (Honest question – can you text 911?) I can imagine the victim being scared enough of reprisal to not want to risk asking for help verbally or making a break for it. I see a lot the warning, “just give them what they want, it’s not worth your life.” Even if the victim appears cooperative here, it’s easy to imagine him just trying to get through the experience unscathed.

      The perp doesn’t have to have his arm on the guy or have him locked in a trunk somewhere to be kidnapping, if my understanding of the law is correct. I think at a bare minimum he just needs to say “come with me” or “stand here and don’t move” — if the victim understands something bad will happen if he doesn’t, it can be charged as kidnapping. The perp could also have deceived or enticed the victim into going with him, which is still technically kidnapping even if the victim appears cooperative.

      • The only way any of this makes sense to me is if the victim is in some way developmentally disabled. (Apologies if that’s no longer polite language).

  • They don’t have experts the can call to identify the make and model? Looks to me like a Chevy Equinox, post-2010, but I’m sure anyone who knows about this stuff could verify and give a year and trim. Don’t mean to back-seat investigate but that is a pretty good view of a pretty distinctive vehicle.

  • This guy screams he’s an Uber black or XL driver from the way he’s dressed.

  • That’s clearly a security guard opening the door

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