On Friday a Chicago Judge denied bail to the 4 suspects accused of kidnapping and torturing an 18-year-old man for two days.
As previously reported, the African-American suspects (one age 24 and others 18) abducted a white “special needs” man with the mental disabilities of schizophrenia and ADD. They held him for up to 48 hours while he was bound and gagged. The kidnappers repeatedly cut his head and cloths and at one point made him drink toilet water.
While the horrifying ordeal was taking place, 18-year-old Brittney Covington was live-streaming the torture on Facebook for over 30 minutes. The video quickly went viral and received an instant backlash online. During the video the kidnappers can be heard yelling, “F*** Donald Trump, F*** white people, boy!” This led many people to the conclusion that the crime was originally motivated by race/political beliefs.
Last week the Chicago Police officially charged the suspects with kidnapping, aggravated battery, vehicle theft and hate crimes.
A family friend of the victim was in court when the judge announced she was denying bail to the 4 suspects. The friend then reportedly cried out, “Yes!” Due to the violent, appalling nature of this crime the judge has decided to deny bail to all 4 suspects. There was some confusion online prior to the hearing when people found a story about one of the female suspects being released on a $1500 bail, but that was from a previous charge back in November.
Prosecutors said the alleged actions began under the guise of a sleepover with one of the suspects, Jordan Hill, on New Year’s Eve. His family became concerned when they lost contact two days later. According to prosecutors, Hill beat the victim in a van and brought him to an apartment on Chicago’s West Side when the torment continued.
“A male shoves the victim’s face into a toilet bowl and the victim is told to drink toilet water. The victim is punched in the head. The victim is screaming ‘no’ in fear when the male walks over to him with a knife and states, ‘Should I shank his a**?’ Also heard on the video multiple times is a male voice threatening to kill the victim,” said Asst. State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti.
“A male is seen cutting the victim’s hair with a knife, and the victim’s head is cut with blood coming from the wound. A female punches the victim and is laughing. A male’s foot is on the victim’s head. A male pulls the cord around the victim’s neck, and holds him up while the victim is groaning in pain,” Antonietti said.
Thankfully the victim was given a chance to escape when a neighbor arrived due to the noise and said they would call the police if it didn’t stop.
Police said an officer came upon the victim confused and bleeding, who later learned he had been reported missing two days earlier in Streamwood.
“He was bloodied and battered and due to the cold weather conditions, I approached him for a field interview,” said Officer Michael Donnelly, Chicago Police Dept. “He was discombobulated, he was injured, he was confused.”
ABC reports that the brother of one of the suspects was in attendance at the court room and was forced to leave, but no details were given as to the reason.
A GoFundMe donation page has been set up for anyone wishing to contribute to the victim and his family.
The family of the victim are trying to help him cope and move forward after the violent kidnapping and are requesting privacy.