Alleged kidnapper discussed 'perfect victim' at vigil for scholar

The Illinois man accused of kidnapping a visiting Chinese scholar made sick comments about his “perfect victim” while at a vigil for her, according to prosecutors.

Brendt Christensen faces federal charges for the disappearance of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old agriculture researcher who went missing early last month near the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Authorities have not found the body of Zhang, who is believed to be dead, but said that surveillance of 28-year-old Christensen shows that he talked about abducting Zhang.

The alleged kidnapper also attended a vigil for the missing scholar at a University of Illinois performing arts center, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Christensen, 28, was allegedly recorded talking about the abduction.

Christensen, 28, was allegedly recorded talking about the abduction.

He was allegedly “describing his perfect victim” and “pointed out people in the crowd who fit the description,” WAND TV reported.

A judge ordered Wednesday that Christensen, who also allegedly described Zhang fighting back against him in his apartment, should be held without bail until his trial because he is a danger to the community..

Christensen’s victim comments at Zhang’s vigil fit with an interest in abduction fetishes described in the criminal complaint against him.

An affidavit says that in April he used his phone to visit a fetish website page called “Abduction 101” that includes sub-threads such as “perfect abduction fantasy” and “planning a kidnapping.”

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Zhang’s father Ronggao Zhang, center, father of missing Yingying Zhang, listens to an interview last month.

(Heather Coit/AP)

Investigators have surveillance of Zhang entering his car on June 9 when she missed a bus, though Christensen said that he dropped her off in a residential neighborhood nearby.

That interview led to federal surveillance on the suspect, who was arrested after allegedly talking about the abduction.

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