Four individuals who allegedly kidnapped and brutally attacked a Chicago teen with special needs will not receive bail. According to ABC News, they were denied bond by a Cook County judge on Friday.
The 18-year-old victim, who suffers from schizophrenia and ADHD, was reported missing on Monday after his loved ones claimed that they hadn’t heard from him in two days. He was reportedly picked up by Jordan Hill, 18, whom he was supposed to spend New Year’s Eve with. Hill allegedly beat the teen in a stolen vehicle and then drove him to an apartment on the West Side of Chicago where the other suspects were. The teen was allegedly tied up, beaten and taunted. Law enforcement officials say that his scalp was sliced during the horrific ordeal. He was held captive for several days. “He was bloodied and battered and due to the cold weather conditions,” said Chicago police officer Michael Donnelly. “He was discombobulated, he was injured, he was confused.” The victim escaped when a resident below the apartment complained about noise and threatened to alert the police. The incident garnered national attention because the attack was streamed on Facebook Live.
Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, were all charged with hate crimes, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint and other charges. “I’m looking at each of you as I’m hearing this,” said Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil as she revealed that the suspects would not be receiving bail. “Where was the sense of decency that each of you should have had when each of you were committing this crime?… I don’t see it.”
The four suspects are slated to return to court on January 27.
SOURCE: ABC News