PORTAGE PARK — Two men told police they were kidnapped out of their van and duct-taped by three men who claimed to be police officers. Police, however, are expressing doubts about the report.
“As you may suspect, we take reports like this extremely seriously,” top police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet. “In their preliminary investigation to corroborate information, Detectives have serious concerns about legitimacy of what was reported to police. Our investigation continues.”
At about 11:40 p.m., the men, ages 65 and 55, told police they were in a white van in the 4000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue waiting for a street light to change, police said.
Three men in a separate van reportedly got out and forced their way into the van of the two men, saying they were police, police said.
One of them flashed a badge at the victims, police said.
The victims were then handcuffed, duct-taped and put in the back of the second van. Two of the men claiming to be police left in the van the victims were driving.
The third man claiming to be a police officer drove the victims to the 100 block of West 94th Street, where he took a cell phone and cash from the victims.
The victims told police they were able to escape the van and walk to the 95th Street Red Line station around 1:40 a.m. Soon after, police and emergency medical services were called.
The men weren’t hurt and refused EMS. No one is in custody.
Area North detectives continue to investigate and no further details are available at this time.