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Zhang’s kidnapping suspect indicted
    2017-July-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A U.S. federal grand jury in Urbana indicted a former University of Illinois doctoral candidate Wednesday in the disappearance of a Chinese visiting scholar last month, federal prosecutors said.

Brendt Christensen, 28, is charged with kidnapping Zhang Yingying from near a bus stop on the Urbana-Champaign campus June 9. Christensen was arrested June 30 and was previously charged via an affidavit filed with the federal court for the Central District of Illinois.

Christensen, of Champaign, will now formally enter a plea to the charges at an arraignment scheduled for July 20, one of his attorneys, Thomas Bruno, said. If convicted, the penalty is up to life in prison.

The one-page indictment Wednesday did not offer any new details into the investigation.

Zhang was last seen entering a black Saturn Astra on June 9. According to an affidavit previously filed with the court, the car allegedly driven by Christensen had stopped next to Zhang at an intersection in Champaign, and then pulled away.

In interviews, Christensen first denied having left his apartment the day of the kidnapping, then said he had picked up “an Asian female” and offered her a ride, but dropped her off a few blocks away.

Authorities searched the car and found the passenger’s side had been thoroughly cleaned, a potential sign of trying to conceal evidence, the affidavit stated. Police seized Christensen’s phone and other electronics from his apartment, and found visits to a bondage and sadomasochism fetish website called FetLife and a forum called “Abduction 101.”

Authorities began surveilling Christensen on June 16. On June 29, a recording captured him saying that he had kidnapped Zhang, prosecutors said; he was arrested the following day.

Christensen, a former doctoral candidate, appeared in two brief court hearings in Urbana last week.

In arguing that Christensen should stay behind bars during the court case, federal prosecutors said Christensen attended a campus vigil in Zhang’s honor while under federal surveillance, was caught on tape describing his “ideal victim,” and pointed out people in the crowd who fit those characteristics.

He was also caught on tape describing how Zhang fought and resisted him during the alleged kidnapping, prosecutors said. Officials have not revealed how the recordings were obtained.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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