Two Men Arrested for Allegedly Kidnapping Illinois Woman

Several law enforcement agencies collaborated to arrest two men for allegedly kidnapping a woman from Carlyle, Illinois, according to an article by FOX 2

On Thursday, October 24th at approximately 9:45 a.m., the Carlyle Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an alleged kidnapping. When the officers arrived at an apartment building in the 700 block of 8th Street, they were able to rescue the victim and remove her from danger. 

At that point, law enforcement officers moved to arrest the kidnapping suspects and take them into custody. Initially, the two men refused to comply and remained inside the apartment building. To defuse the situation, law enforcement established a perimeter and requested backup from a tactical team. 

One of the suspected kidnappers then voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement. But the other suspect stayed in the building, refusing to cooperate. Consequently, the police tactical team breached [...]

How Does Illinois Define and Penalize Kidnapping?

Under Illinois law, it is illegal to kidnap or otherwise confine a person against his or her will. While popular movies and TV shows might take a simplistic view of kidnapping, there are many subtleties to this crime in Illinois. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, the kidnapper can even face serious prison time and steep fines for aggravated kidnapping.

Kidnapping in Illinois

Under 720 ILCS 5/10-1, a person commits kidnapping in Illinois if he or she willingly:

    Confines another person in secret against that person’s will; Uses force or the threat of force to compel another person into confinement; or Deceives or entices another person into confinement.

720 ILCS 5/10-1 classifies kidnapping as a Class 2 felony. Upon conviction, the potential penalties include three to seven years in prison, $25,000 in criminal fines, and 48 months of probation.

Aggravated Kidnapping in Illinois

Under 720 ILCS [...]

Kidnapping vs. Aggravated Kidnapping in Illinois

There are some significant differences between kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping in Illinois. The following sections will outline key definitions and penalties for both of these kidnapping offenses.

Definition of Kidnapping in Illinois

As detailed in 720 ILCS 5/10-1, it is unlawful to knowingly imprison or otherwise detain another person without legal justification. Illinois law includes force, threat of force, and deception as possible ways in which a perpetrator can kidnap a victim. If the perpetrator acts against the victim’s free will, then it can qualify as kidnapping in Illinois.

Penalties for Kidnapping in Illinois

Kidnapping is generally a Class 2 felony in Illinois. The penalties for a Class 2 felony include but are not necessarily limited to:

    Sentence Range of three to seven years; Extended Term of seven to 14 years; Fines up to $25,000; Mandatory Supervised Release Term of two years; and Probation or Conditional Discharge for up

Illinois Man Accused of Kidnapping Visiting Chinese Scholar

Illinois resident Brendt Christensen is currently awaiting trial on kidnapping charges, according to an article by The Chicago Tribune. Christensen is charged in connection with the disappearance of Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois. Prosecutors admitted that while Zhang is still missing, she is most likely dead. Prosecutors also claim to have recordings of Christensen describing intimate details of Zhang’s abduction.

Christensen’s criminal defense attorneys question the credibility of this alleged recording. Referencing their client’s constitutional rights, they want to ensure a fair trial as well as a chance to examine all of the evidence.

In light of this news story, it feels like an appropriate time to review the Illinois laws concerning kidnapping.

What does Kidnapping Mean in Illinois?

The Illinois Criminal Code defines kidnapping in 720 ILCS 5/10-1 as a Class 2 felony, providing the guidelines quoted below.

“He or she knowingly:[...]