A veteran police officer working for the New York Police Department has been suspended after a man was found tied up in his garage. The man was found bound and gagged at the Queens home of Ondre Johnson, who has worked for the Brooklyn North gang unit for 17 years.
Investigators had been tipped off that a man was being held at the home – which he shares with a cousin – for a $75,000 ransom, the sources said.
The 45-year-old detective was suspended without pay and stripped of his gun and badge, NBC 4 reported.
Police went to the home after tracking a cell phone the kidnappers used to call the victim’s friend to demand the money.
Inside the garage, police found a 25-year-old man tied up, and inside the home, they found two safes containing materials to make fake credit cards, including printing presses and unmarked plastic cards.
Johnson told police he lived in one apartment in the two-story house and a cousin, 30-year-old Hakeem Clark, lived in the other apartment.
Johnson denied any knowledge of the materials, which were found in Clark’s apartment, police said.
He added to authorities that he never used the garage, which is detached from the house at the end of a short driveway.
Four men inside the house were taken into police custody, including Clark. He was later charged with kidnapping, attempting to collect ransom and criminal possession of a weapon.