Kidnapping Victim Thankful He's Alive

By: Gary Smollen, Brian Mastre Email
By: Gary Smollen, Brian Mastre Email

A man survived a terrifying ordeal last week, one he believes involved the same men suspected of shooting three others, killing two. In his case, he was kidnapped and robbed by two men, but managed to escape. Omaha Police tell Channel Six News his description of the kidnappers does not match the description of two men responsible for a 30-minute shooting spree the night before.

Chris Abbott was kidnapped last Thursday morning and taken on a two-hour ride during which he was robbed and constantly threatened. "They didn't just take the car but they insisted I go with them in the car."

He considers himself lucky because others earlier that night under similar circumstances were murdered.

"I'm just glad I made it out with my life. I escaped with nothing but my life. So many people that night lost their lives. I'm happy that I made it out."

Others weren't as fortunate. At 10:44 p.m. last Wednesday, 22-year-old Luis Fernando-Silva was shot and killed in his car at 15th and Dorcas.

Twenty-two minutes later at 11:06 another man was shot near an ATM at 50th and Underwood. Twenty-one-year-old Charles Denton survived.

A few blocks south at 11:14 p.m., Tari Glinsmann was found dead in a convenience store parking lot at 52nd and Leavenworth.

More than two hours later at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Abbott's ordeal began when two masked men kidnapped him. He saw them approach outside a Benson bar. Abbott made it to his Hyundai but the two jumped in after him and held a gun to his head. Abbott says they forced him to his ATM twice near 57th and NW Radial Highway to withdraw cash, told him to buy condoms at an Omaha convenience store and made him buy beer at a Council Bluffs convenience store. "I told the clerk that I had been kidnapped - gave her my license plate number and proceeded back to the car. They said if I did anything other than [buy beer], they'd start shooting. I didn't want to jeopardize the cashier's life or any others."

Chris Abbott says when the kidnappers stopped to urinate near 30th & Lake he made his getaway. He scaled a fence and shouted for help until someone answered their door. He called 911 from there.

"The police told me that they weren't sure if these two guys were connected to the rest of the other incidents that happened that night." An Omaha Police Spokesman declined to go into specifics but reiterated the fact that they don't think Abbott's case is related to the shooting spree based the differing descriptions.

Chris Abbott isn't sure why he was spared. "They were very erratic, they were either threatening to kill me or being very friendly offering me a beer at times, which was really strange." He says they seemed to love the power they had over him.

Abbott managed to keep his cool until he escaped. He was robbed of $80, a cell phone, laptop and his car was trashed. He knows he's ahead of the game because he's still alive.

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