A Chinese restaurant owner has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old boy and holding him at gunpoint. 58-year-old Fabao Chen, who owns the Double Dragon restaurant on West Broadway in Louisville, Kentucky, was detained and charged with kidnapping and three counts of wanton endangerment, according to WDRB. Chen told the court that the teenager threw a bottle in his restaurant, which ignited the incident.
Around 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Fabao Chen allegedly grabbed the 13-year-old boy from a Kroger market and dragged him 150 yards back to his restaurant. Surveillance video caught the owner holding the teenager by the arm.
Police said witnesses tried to intervene when they saw the boy getting taken. Chen responded by aiming the handgun at the witnesses then pointing the gun at the minor’s head. The two proceeded into the Double Dragon restaurant where Chen sat the boy down on a seat. The group of bystanders followed the two inside the restaurant and tried to get Chen to let go of the boy.
“The man grabbed him by the arm and pulled a gun out and told him, ‘no you be still! You be still!’ I was like ‘Hey get that gun off of him!'” Sean Jenkens, the man who recorded the incident, told WDRB. “So then he turned the gun towards me. And I just said ‘Just keep the gun on me, man. Cool? Keep it off the kid.’ So then he turned the gun towards me.”
Investigators later determined that the gun was actually a BB gun.
Vickie Forehand, a worker from a nearby store, told WDRB, “He was very adamant that nobody was going to intervene in his self justice of the actions of this child, and at that point when I realized what was going on I immediately stepped back inside the hair store.”
Fabao Chen is being held at Louisville Corrections. His bond has been set at $20,000.