‘He’s Not a Friendly Person’: Community Speaks Out Against Chinese Restaurant Owner Who Used Gun to Kidnap Black Teen

A Kentucky man is in c*ustody after p*olice say he k*idnapped a child from a West Louisville Kroger and pointed a g*un at bystanders who attempted to intervene. Authorities ch*arged Fabao Chen with k*idnapping a minor,

as well as three co*unts of first–d*egree w*anton e*ndangerment in connection to the i*ncident, online c*ourt records show.

An a*rrest report cited by the Louisville Courier Journal states that Chen, 58, took the boy “against his will” from a Kroger store on Tuesday. Surveillance video from surrounding businesses shows the s*uspect g*rabbing the child by the arm and taking him to his Chinese restaurant, the Double Dragon.

When witnesses tried to step in, p*olice said Chen pulled out what appeared to be a g*un and pointed it at them.

Amanda Thompson McAlister, a manager at a nearby laundromat, told WHAS 11 this isn’t the first time the restaurant owner has b*randished a handg*un.

“He’s gotten into other a*ltercations with other customers and he always pulls that g*un,” she said. “He always does.”

At one point, authorities said Chen pointed the w*eapon at the v*ictim’s head. The handg*un was later determined to be a BB g*un, according to p*olice.

“There should’ve been another way to resolve this,” McAlister added. “That wasn’t the right way to do it.”

Chen appeared in c*ourt Wednesday, when he pleaded not guilty to the ch*arges against him. According to WHAS 11, the man claims a child threw a bottle in his restaurant and refused to stop.

That’s when authorities said Chen pulled out a g*un and d*ragged the child from the Kroger, back to his eatery.

“It was really wrong what he did,” said witness Patricia Duncan. “Because somebody could’ve gotten hurt.”

It wasn’t long before a crowd gathered at Chen’s restaurant in an attempt to get him to turn the child over, at which point the restaurateur pointed his gun at bystanders “in a th*reatening manner,” according to the a*rrest report.

Duncan said she didn’t see Chen point the gun, but said he was “hollering, telling everybody to get out of his store.”

“It should’ve been handled different,” Duncan told the station.

McAlister added that the restaurant owner shouldn’t be allowed in the community because “he’s not a friendly person like that.”

Chen has since been barred from returning to his restaurant. On Wednesday, a j*udge set his bond at $20,000.

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