A man is facing several charges after police said he kidnapped a 13-year-old from a grocery store.
An arrest report says Fabao Chen, 58, went to the Kroger on 27th and Broadway in the Parkland neighborhood on Tuesday and took a young teen against his will.
Sean Jenkins had just come out of Kroger and said he was loading groceries into his car when he saw what was happening.
“The man grabbed him by the arm and pulled a gun out then, and told him, ‘No, you be still! You be still!’ and I said, ‘Hey, get that gun off of him!'” Jenkins said. “I’m like, ‘Keep the gun on me man. Keep it off the kid.'”
Jenkins told police Chen held the gun to the boy’s head as he walked him through the parking lot.
Police said Chen then forced the juvenile to Double Dragon Restaurant, which Chen said he owns. When they arrived, a big crowd formed and multiple people tried getting Chen to release the juvenile, police said.
Chen was eventually arrested by police at that location. Police also recovered his gun, which turned out to be a BB gun.
During his arraignment, Chen told police the juvenile involved had been inside of his restaurant and had thrown a bottle.
Chen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to kidnapping a minor and three counts of wanton endangerment.