Owners and employees of a car dealership in Des Plaines were kidnapped, beaten, and burned for hours; two suspects are in custody.

Three Des Plaines car dealership employees were kidnapped, beaten, robbed, and burned last month by two suburban men.

George P. Athanasakos, 24, of Wood Dale, and Brandon D. Bratcher, 27, of Hanover Park, face three counts of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of armed robbery.

Bratcher was also charged with residential burglary on one count.

According to police, three victims, two men and one woman, were abducted from their car dealership at 622 E. Northwest Hwy. in Des Plaines on Feb. 10.

Two of the victims are dealership owners, and the third is an employee.

The victims, Anthanasakos and Batcher, were discovered to have known each other through the purchase and refurbishment of vehicles.

The victims and Bratcher were at the dealership when several masked offenders armed with rifles and handguns entered.

The perpetrators robbed the victims of their personal belongings before binding their hands and feet, covering their heads, and forcing them into a vehicle.

The victims were then transferred to another location where they were beaten repeatedly, burned with a hot object, and restrained all evening.

The victims were then driven back to the car dealership the next morning, where the offenders demanded a large sum of money and threatened them with violence if they did not pay, according to police.

One of the victims correctly identified Athanasakos and Bratcher as suspects in this case.

Des Plaines investigators apprehended Athanasakos in Palatine on Feb. 16. Des Plaines police arrested Bratcher in Arlington Heights on March 1.

Both suspects are being held in jail without bail.

According to police, the three victims were targeted, and there is no danger to the public.

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