This footage shows a man being doused with pepper spray and kidnapped in broad daylight by brazen crooks who sharp him into a car as bystanders stand by and watch.
The incident took place in the Kagithane district of Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, on Saturday, 13th August.
The footage shows a man running up to the victim and spraying him with pepper spray before an accomplice helps him drag him over to a car that pulls up and push him inside it.
Bystanders emerge but can be seen just gawking as the kidnapping unfolds in front of their eyes. At the last second, a couple of men appear to try to intervene but by this point, it is too late and the white car speeds away.
The victim has only been named as M. J., age unknown, in local media reports.
M. J.’s brother, who has been named as F. J., and their father, named as A. J., owed the suspects money and they were not paying it, so the suspects tried to ransom the money by kidnapping M. J., according to local media.
But they were reportedly unsuccessful as M. J. is said to have managed to get out of the car after the footage ends.
Following the incident, the suspects reportedly called the family and told them that they will kidnap M. J. again if they did not receive TRY 30,000 (GBP 1,381), still according to local media.
The police investigation is ongoing. None of the three suspects has been named. They had not been apprehended at the time of writing.