FoxNews.com reports a man who was caught on camera kidnapping a young girl in a Chicago suburb has been arrested and charged in the case. On December 20 around 3:30 p.m. in Calumet City, a security camera caught footage of a man taking the unidentified girl.
Bryan Protho is the suspect in the case, and was seen standing near his red SUV when the girl walked by him on the alley sidewalk. He then grabbed the girl, threw her in the car and drove away. Later, Protho assaulted the child while parked in an alley.
The victim was able to get away from Protho and flag down a vehicle. The driver who stopped called law enforcement.
Protho is 38 and from East Chicago, Indiana. He was arrested on December 27 and officially charged with kidnapping by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. His arraignment is scheduled for February 20. The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.
The FBI is currently trying to determine if the vehicle Protho was driving may be connected to any other crimes. The affidavit filed by the FBI stated that the girl was walking home from school and had tried numerous times to escape from Protho’s vehicle. He allegedly hit her several times in the face and covered her mouth when she screamed.
Protho allegedly ordered the girl to remove her pants and threatened to kill her when she refused. He then proceeded to remove her pants himself and sexually assault her. The victim was able to give police a detailed description of Protho, including his clothes and scar on his face, and investigators used this information as well as multiple surveillance videos in the area to find him.
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