DES MOINES, Iowa -- A well-known local businessman is free on bond Tuesday after being charged with kidnapping. His alleged victim says the whole ordeal is over crack cocaine. We are not revealing the identity of the alleged victim because he says he fears for his life.
The alleged victim of a Monday night kidnapping is as terrified now as he was when he was being held at gunpoint. That's because the man accused of kidnapping him is already out of jail. The ordeal began at around 5:30 Monday evening when the 19-year-old says he was waiting in his car for his girlfriend to come out of her east side house. That's when he says the kidnapper knocked on his window. "He told me to get down and then he showed me the gun so I was scared for my life so I just get down," he says.
From there he says he was ordered to get into the kidnapper's truck. "He told me that he want some drugs and he asked me if I sold some so I told him 'no'. Because I don't do that. And he told me that he need some right away," the victim says, "He told me that he was gonna, he wasn't gonna let me go until he gets what he wants. Drugs. And he was not gonna let me go. If he couldn't find any he was gonna take me all the way to Omaha. He showed me the gun like this and he told me 'do you know what can happen if you run?' And he was showing me the gun like this so I was really scared that time."
So the victim, speaking in Spanish, says he made some calls pretending to look for drugs. But he was really looking for help. "Since he didn't speak Spanish at all he couldn't understand what I was saying so I took advantage of that and I was talking to people to see if they can help me out."
After nearly two hours of being held by the kidnapper, his girlfriend's mother called him and he explained to her what was happening. "Right then and there my mom started screaming because she told me that some guy was holding a gun at his head. And that they took him. And right then and there I just called 911. The operator kept telling me I can't understand you. Calm down. I need to understand you," the victim's girlfriend says, "I just, I was dying inside. I didn't know what was going to happen."
Based on what the victim was saying, police were able to find him and the alleged kidnapper at the Walgreens near the corner of Douglas and Beaver Avenues. Mark Allen Hanrahan, 45, is charged with kidnapping. According to his online profile, he is a top-level executive at Principal Financial Group. Hanrahan lives in a half-million dollar Urbandale home. We tried knocking on the door but there was no answer.
Police say it's not clear why Hanrahan targeted the victim. "Why the suspect chose the victim we don't really know," Sgt. Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Department says, "Just saw him on the street. We don't really know why that is."
The alleged victim says he doesn't know either. What he does know, is with Hanrahan out of jail, he's terrified for his life and the lives of his family. "He should be in jail because probably he can do the same thing to another person and probably this time he can kill the person," the alleged victim says, "I think he's a really dangerous person."