FOX 32 NEWS - In what authorities are calling a brazen daytime crime, they announced late Friday that they had arrested one man and were looking for two others accused of kidnapping a Wheaton College student at gunpoint and forcing him to withdraw more than $1000 cash from ATM's.
It happened outside the Starbucks in downtown Glen Ellyn at 10:30 last Friday morning. The 21-year-old male student had just gotten a coffee when he was grabbed at gunpoint by three men who forced him into a car.
“He was forced to lay down on the floor of the car while one of the offenders actually kneeled on his back to keep him down. He was told that if he didn't cooperate he would be shot,” said Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney.
On Thursday, authorities arrested 18-year-old Abeet Ramos of South Elgin. He's charged with kidnapping and armed robbery. Police are looking for 23-year-old Jeremy Jones of Chicago as well as a 17-year-old juvenile from Elgin who are suspected accomplices.
They are accused of taking the student to several ATM's where he was forced, at gunpoint, to withdraw a total of 16-hundred dollars cash. After being terrorized for more than an hour and a half, the student was let go in Chicago.
Police defended their decision not to release details for a week.
"The public was not in danger from this occurring again. The residents of Glen Ellyn were safe, we had some suspects fairly quickly and we knew they weren't targeting Glen Ellyn," said Glen Ellyn Police Chief Philip Norton.
Wheaton College sent out an email alert Friday afternoon. For students, it was a mix of shock and relief knowing a fellow student had been kidnapped, but was now okay.
“Mostly just shock. I'm from a big city so I've heard things about this happening before, didn't think it would happen out here at college,” said freshman Joshua Franken.
Ramos was ordered held on three million dollar bond. He faces a minimum of 21 years in prison and up to 90 years if convicted.