CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A Queens detective was suspended and a group of men, including his cousin, were arrested after a kidnapped man was found bound in his garage last week, according to a report in the New York Post.
Ondre Johnson was stripped of his gun after officers traced a ransom call to his house and found 25-year-old Brian Karikari tied up in an attached garage and his personal effects stored in a basement safe, the Post said.
Johnson, an officer in the Brooklyn North gang unit, was not charged, but police allege that his cousin and a group of friends abducted Karikari at gunpoint and brought the victim to Johnson’s house, the newspaper said.
When police arrived, Johnson answered the door with two guns on him and claimed to know nothing of the incident, according to the Post.
The cousin, Hakeem Clark, 30, and Clark’s cohorts Jason Hutson, 27, and James Gayle, 27, were charged with kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Post, and a man named Alfredo Haughton, 24, was just charged with kidnapping.
Officers suspect Karikari and Clark may have been involved in credit forgery of some type, the Post said.