Incident Summary:

01/02/2017: Four assailants tied up and tortured a mentally disabled person at a residence in the west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The victim was released after four hours. The attack was streamed on Facebook and the assailants shouted anti-Trump and anti-white profanities. Jordan Hill, Brittany Covington, Tesfaye Cooper, and Tanisha Covington were arrested on hate crime charges in connection with the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on the West Side.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 1
Hours of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-White extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Singapore: Hate crimes charges over live-streamed Chicago assault," Channel NewsAsia Online, January 5, 2017."
"Australia: Chicago police charge four people over 'sickening attack' streamed live on Facebook," ABC Online, January 5, 2017."
"4 Black Suspects Charged in Videotaped Beating of White Teenager in Chicago," Boston Globe, January 6, 2017."