FBI Chicago
Special Agent Janine Wheeler
(312) 829-1199
September 18, 2015

FBI Seeking Information in Suburban Kidnapping

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating an individual responsible for a violent kidnapping that occurred overnight in Lansing, Illinois, announced John A. Brown, acting special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI and Dennis Murrin, Jr., chief of the Lansing Police Department.

The FBI and Lansing Police are investigating the assault and kidnapping of a 53-year-old woman from her home around midnight on September 17. The kidnapper abducted the victim from her south suburban home and drove the victim in her car to Munster, Indiana, where surveillance cameras at an ATM used by the kidnapper captured the below images. He is believed to have continued traveling in the area, stopping briefly in Burns Harbor, Indiana, where the victim was recovered by law enforcement. The car was later found abandoned in Holland, Michigan.

The suspect is described as a heavyset black male, last seen wearing a white T-shirt, light gray knit gloves, a wristwatch with a black band and a nylon stocking over his head. The victim’s car is a small blue Chevrolet four-door passenger car.

The FBI and Lansing Police are working in close coordination with federal, state, and local authorities in northeast Illinois, northern Indiana, and southwest Michigan in their efforts to apprehend this dangerous individual. Anyone recognizing the individual shown in the photos or having any information about the incident is strongly encouraged to contact the FBI at 312-421-6700, the Lansing Police Department at 708-895-7150, or local law enforcement.