Illi­nois kid­nap­ping sus­pect charged

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

CHICAGO — A man has been charged with kid­nap­ping a vis­it­ing Univer­sity of Illi­nois scholar from China whom au­thor­i­ties be­lieve to be dead af­ter she dis­ap­peared three weeks ago. A fed­eral crim­i­nal com­plaint says the sus­pect’s phone was used in April to visit an on­line fo­rum called “Ab­duc­tion 101.”

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties say Brendt Chris­tensen, 28, of Cham­paign, Ill., was charged Fri­day in the June 9 dis­ap­pear­ance of Yingy­ing Zhang, 26. A crim­i­nal com­plaint ac­cuses him of ab­duct­ing Zhang shortly af­ter she stepped off a bus near the univer­sity cam­pus. Video from cam­eras around the area shows Zhang, who was on her way to sign a lease for an apart­ment, try­ing un­suc­cess­fully to flag down an­other bus. Min­utes later, she is seen get­ting into the front seat of a black Saturn As­tra.

Ac­cord­ing to the 10-page af­fi­davit filed in fed­eral court by FBI Spe­cial Agent An­thony Man­ga­naro, Chris­tensen was un­der sur­veil­lance Thurs­day when agents overheard him say­ing he had kid­napped Zhang. Au­thor­i­ties said agents be­lieve Zhang is no longer alive.

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