On October 22, 2015, at approximately 4:43 p.m., officers of the Kenosha Police Department responded to the area of 50th Street and 16th Avenue in reference to an armed abduction attempt of a 52-year old Kenosha female. The victim indicated that a black 4 door vehicle pulled next to her as she walked westbound in the 1300 block of 50th Street, and the lone black male driver of the vehicle asked for directions. As the victim approached the vehicle, the operator pointed a pistol at her and told her to get into the car. The victim ran away from the car, and the suspect fled west on 50th Street. The victim provided officers with a partial license plate number and a description of the suspect.
At 7:25 p.m. on the same date, officers responded to the 400 block of 44th Street in reference to another attempted abduction which appeared to involve the same suspect and vehicle. This case involved a 14-year old Kenosha female who was walking west on 44th Street from the lakefront. The black male suspect was outside of his car when the victim walked past. The suspect approached her, asked for directions, then grabbed her by the shirt collar and tried to force her at gunpoint into his vehicle. The victim pushed the gun away, kicked the suspect, and then ran westbound screaming for help.
Officers checked video from surrounding businesses and were able to identify the type of vehicle and license plate number. Officers and Detectives responded to the address of the registered owner and located the suspect in the two abduction attempts. He is identified as 61-year old Kenosha resident, Leroy E. Johnson. Mr. Johnson admitted to his involvement in the abduction attempts, was placed under arrest, and is being held in the Kenosha County Jail.
Mr. Johnson is being charged with: 2-counts of Attempted Kidnapping While Armed, 1-count of Attempted Abduction of a Child While Armed, 1-count of Child Enticement While Armed, and 1-count of False Imprisonment While Armed.
He appeared in court this afternoon and is being held on $200,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 5, 2015