FBI Releases Chilling Video of Man Kidnapping Child

By Omid Ghoreishi, Epoch Times

The FBI has released a chilling video showing the alleged abduction of a child in broad daylight in Calumet City, south of Chicago. An Indiana man has been charged with the crime.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bryan Protho of East Chicago, Indiana, grabbed the child as she was walking down the sidewalk and forced her into his SUV, then later assaulting her in an alley.

The video shows a man get out of the driver seat of a red SUV, which is parked in an alley along a sidewalk, and hiding behind the vehicle on the passenger side. A child—which has been blurred out in the video—enters the video frame walking toward him.

As the child gets closer to the SUV, the man walks towards her and blocks her path, grabbing her and forcibly moving her to the passenger side of the vehicle, which the Attorney’s Office says is a Ford Explorer SUV.

The man then hurriedly moves to the driver seat, and the video ends shortly after the SUV is seen driving off into the alley. The FBI notes that the date and time shown in the video are incorrect.

According to the Attorney’s Office, Protho parked the vehicle in an alley and assaulted the child. The victim was able to eventually escape and flag down a passing-by vehicle, and police were called in to help.

ABC7 Chicago reports that the 10-year-old child was on her way home from school. The girl told investigators that Protho struck her several times as she tried to get away, and covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream, ABC7 reports.

Protho was arrested on Dec. 27, and remains in federal custody. He is charged with one count of kidnapping, and is due to appear in court on Feb. 20.

According to the Attorney’s Office, the kidnapping charge carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life.