Suspect accused of kidnapping man, demanding $500 payment arrested

Suspect accused of kidnapping man, demanding $500 payment (KPRC)

HOUSTON – The suspect accused of kidnapping a man and demanding money has been arrested, Houston police confirmed Friday.

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Sonny John. He is currently being held in the Harris County Jail on an open warrant after being captured during a pursuit with authorities.

On Saturday, March 19, officers said a 55-year-old man was driving in the 6600 block of S Highway 6 when John flagged him down by pointing at the wheel on his vehicle.

The driver said he pulled into the parking lot and John exited his truck, saying there was something wrong with his tire.

John then ran back to his truck, grabbed a bag of tools and began tapping the tire, according to police.

When John was finished, police said he demanded the man pay him $500.

When the victim told John he did not have any money, police said John walked back to his truck, returned, and entered the victim’s vehicle with a knife and gun.

John then demanded the victim drive to a local Walgreens store, followed him to the ATM inside, and attempted to withdraw cash from the victim’s account, police said.

Investigators said the victim was able to contact two friends who brought him money to give to the suspect.

Investigators are now urging the public to come forward if they have ever been a victim of this suspect.

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