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July 30, 2012

NYPD cop caught in middle of kidnap case

NEW YORK (UPI) -- A New York City police detective was taken into custody this weekend after a man who had been reported kidnapped turned up in the officer's garage.

Detective Ondre Johnson, 45, was suspended without pay but was not formally arrested as his NYPD colleagues sorted out the bizarre circumstances, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News.

The department's Major Case squad went to Johnson's home in Queens late Friday while investigating the reported kidnapping and $75,000 ransom demand. When they looked in the garage, they discovered the alleged victim tied up with rope and zip ties.

Johnson told police he knew nothing about the man in his garage and said he shared the home with a cousin who rented a separate room in the residence. The cousin, Hakeem Clark, was charged with kidnapping along with three other individuals.

A police source told The New York Times police did not have enough evidence to implicate Johnson in the apparent kidnapping. He was, however, on the hot seat Sunday.

"He's still not completely off the hook," a source told the Daily News. "Something is not right here. They're going to try to find out what he was doing there and how he knows these guys."

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