U.S. jury indicts suspect in kidnapping of Chinese scholar

Updated 2017-07-13 08:48:40 chinadaily.com.cn
Combined file photo shows Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying (R) and suspect Brendt Christensen

Combined file photo shows Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying (R) and suspect Brendt Christensen

A federal grand jury in Central District of Illinois returned an indictment on Wednesday that charges Brendt Christensen with kidnapping visiting Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying on June 9.

Christensen, 28, who has a master's degree in physics from the University of Illinois, was arrested on charges of kidnapping Zhang, 26, on June 30.

On July 5, he was ordered held without bail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long in federal court in Urbana, Illinois.

Acting U.S. Attorney Patrick Hansen and FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Cox announced the return of the indictment.

A preliminary hearing scheduled on July 14 was cancelled, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Central District of Illinois on Wednesday.

A date for Christensen's arraignment will be scheduled by the U.S. Clerk of the Court in Urbana.

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