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Updated: Armed man allegedly takes juvenile from Kentucky Kroger over bottle. Witnesses object.

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.
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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

A Louisville man pointed a gun at witnesses and took a juvenile against his will from a Kroger near downtown Louisville, according to police.

The man, 58-year-old Fabao Chen, was arrested at a nearby restaurant he owns, court records show. He said in court Wednesday he took the boy to the restaurant after the boy broke a bottle there earlier in the day, according to media reports.

About 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chen took the boy from the Kroger on West Broadway off 27th Avenue in Louisville, police said. When a passerby noticed the kidnapping, the witness tried to intervene but Chen pulled a gun out of his pants and pointed it at them, according to a court record.

Chen pointed the gun at the juvenile’s head and took him to Double Dragon just a couple of blocks away from Kroger, according to police.

“The man grabbed him by the arm and pulled a gun out and told him, ‘no you be still, You be still.’ I was like ‘hey get that gun off of him!’” Sean Jenkins told WDRB. “So then he turned the gun towards me. And I just said ‘hey just keep the gun on me man. Cool. Keep it off the kid.”

When Chen and the juvenile arrived at the restaurant, “a large group formed” attempting to make Chen release the minor he kidnapped, police said. The man then pointed the gun at the crowd in a threatening manner.

The gun was later found to be a BB gun, Chen’s arrest citation stated.

“Definitely looked like a real gun,” Jenkins told WAVE 3. “But, I wasn’t going to take the time to find out if it was or wasn’t. Just get it off the kid. I don’t want to be shot either, but don’t shoot the kid.”

Louisville police arrested Chen just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. The age of the juvenile was not immediately released. Police did not state if the juvenile was harmed.

Chen was charged with kidnapping and three counts of wanton endangerment. He was placed in the Louisville jail and was arraigned Wednesday.

He is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

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