Alleged Kidnappers Who Stashed Victim in Detective's House Are Arraigned
Jason Hutson, 27, and Hakeem Clark, 30, are charged with kidnapping, criminal possesion of forgery devices and unlawful possession of forgery devices, according to court documents.
According to the court documents, Hutson approached victim Brian Karikari while he was walking to his car in front of 119-45 234th St. and asked for a lighter. Karikari jumped into his car, the court documents said, and Hutson opened the door and pointed a gun at Karikari.
Hutson then walked Karikari to an unknown location, where someone threw a T-shirt over his head. The two then allegedly laid the man down in the back seat of an SUV and drove him to 141-37 181 St., which is owned by Det. Ondre Johnson, according to property records.
The duo allegedly took Karikari into the garage, bound his hands with zip ties and tied his legs with rope.
Police uncovered the alleged plot when Clark, who is Johnson's cousin, according to reports, allegedly placed a call to two friends, and cops traced the cellphone call back to the house. In addition to Karikari, cops found credit card making equipment, including a magnetic strip encoder, a name printing machine and holograms.
Johnson, an NYPD detective of 17 years who owns the house, claimed to know nothing about the alleged abduction, according to police sources. He was stripped of his badge and weapon and has been suspended.
Johnson is not mentioned in the court documents, and police sources said he has not been charged with a crime.