An NYPD detective has been suspended without pay and four other men arrested after a kidnapping victim was found in the detective's garage in Queens.
Ondre Johnson, a 17-year department veteran and member of a Brooklyn gang investigation unit, was taken into custody outside his home at about 3 p.m. Friday after the major case squad was tipped off about the kidnapping and a demand for $75,000 ransom, sources told The New York Daily News.
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The 25-year-old man was abducted in front of his home early Friday, according to NBC News.
Police traced the victim to Johnson's garage off the victim's cellphone pings.
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Johnson told internal affairs investigators that he did not use the garage and knew nothing about the abduction, but his cousin, Hakeem Clark, has been charged with kidnapping, along with three other men, according to NBC.
Sources told NBC police found a safe and equipment used to make fake credit cards inside the home.
Investigators eventually decided they did not have enough evidence to arrest Johnson, although he has been suspended and stripped of his badge and gun.
“What you have is an enormous amount of suspicion, but not the hard evidence tying him into it," a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told The New York Times.