Decatur, IL kidnapping: Ademeko Maclin Carney accused of holding business owner for ransom

DECATUR, Ill. – Police say a Decatur woman is jailed for kidnapping the owner of a flooring company after luring him to an abandoned house, pepper spraying him, and then held at gunpoint before trying to ransom him to his family for $400,000.

The man was abducted on Thursday morning and escaped hours later after being restrained in plastic ties with a cloth bag placed over his head. A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said he eventually managed to free himself from the back of a van after being moved around in the trunk of a car several times, The Pantagraph reported.

He then fled on foot before entering a business on North Monroe Street to raise the alarm.

Police had already been alerted and were looking for the man after being called by his frightened wife. The kidnappers had authorized him to telephone her at 12.35 p.m. to say that he was being held for ransom.

‘She received a phone call stating that he had been kidnapped, was tied to a chair in a basement and that the kidnappers wanted $400,000 for him to be released,’ the affidavit reads, signed by Detective James Weddle.

“(She) reported that she later received a subsequent call from (her husband) stating that he had in fact been kidnapped and he was not kidding.”

The victim had previously met the woman as a client of his business. Her description and police investigative work led to her being identified as Ademeko M. Maclin-Carney. The 23-year-old woman was arrested on Monday evening after police stopped her driving her vehicle. The male accomplice, who was armed, was still wanted on Tuesday evening.

When questioned by police about his ordeal, the victim said he was lured to a house in the 1200 block of East William Street at 10:15 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call from Maclin-Carney who “said she needed works”.

Weddle said the victim had just explained that the house was in too difficult a state to lay the floor when Maclin-Carney knocked him in the face with pepper spray.

“(He) advised a man to come out of a side room and point a small gun at him,” Weddle said. “He advised the man to get on the ground, which he compiled. When he got to the ground, the man tied his hands and placed a cream-colored linen bag over his head to prevent him from seeing.”

He was then locked in the trunk of a car and taken to another unknown address where he was held in the basement. Then he was again forced into the trunk before being driven to another house and then pushed into the back of the van, from where he would eventually escape.

Weddle said he told his captors before his escape “that neither he nor his wife could get that amount of money”.

Police also noted that the house in East William Street where he was lured was badly damaged by fire on Thursday evening; the fire was later determined to be a suspected arson by the Decatur Fire Department.

Maclin-Carney was convicted on a preliminary charge of aggravated kidnapping. She also faces additional charges of aggravated battery, mob action and criminal damage in a separate incident after police say she used a BB gun to shoot at the windows and glass door of a home in the 1300 block of North Walnut Grove on March night. 20.

She was also charged with participating in an assault on the landlord along with three other suspects who punched and kicked him to the ground, leaving him with multiple lacerations and other injuries.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the State’s Attorney’s Office.

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