A dramatic video of a child being kidnapped off a street last month in a suburb of Chicago has been released by the FBI as charges were filed against an Indiana man.
The incident took place on Dec. 20 around 3:30 p.m. in Calumet City, located about 30 miles south of Chicago, the FBI’s Chicago field office said in a news release Friday. Investigators did not reveal the girl’s age.
In the short clip, a man identified by prosecutors as Bryan Protho is seen standing near a red SUV in an alley as a young girl who is blurred in the video walks by him on the sidewalk.
Protho is then seen grabbing the girl, putting her in the car, and then driving away from the scene. Authorities said that Protho then parked the vehicle in an alley and assaulted the child.
Thankfully, the young girl was then able to escape and flag down a passing vehicle. Prosecutors said the driver who stopped for the girl then contacted law enforcement.
Protho, 38, of East Chicago, Ind., was arrested on Dec. 27 and charged Friday with a count of kidnapping and remains in federal custody, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He will next appear before a judge for his arraignment on Feb. 20. and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The FBI’s Chicago bureau said they released the video as part of an ongoing investigation to see if the vehicle may be connected to any other crimes.
Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or suspect seen in the video is asked to contact the FBI Chicago Field office at (312) 421-6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FBI noted that the time stamp on the video released Friday displayed the wrong date, but captured the December kidnapping.
#FBI Chicago is seeking info regarding a kidnapping that occurred near 153rd St & Burnham Ave in Cal City, IL, 12/20/17 (note: the time/date stamp on the video is incorrect; the correct date is 12/20/17). Call (312) 421-6700,” the FBI wrote on Twitter.
Watch the video below: