Detective Arrested for Allegedly Kidnapping Man and Breaking His Leg While Escorting Him Home from Police Interview

Philadelphia Detective Charged With Assault, Kidnapping
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02/17/2016 AT 04:05 PM EST

A Philadelphia police detective has been arrested on charges he allegedly kidnapped a 45-year-old man, broke his femur and then dropped him off miles from his home.

Det. Adam O'Donnell, 43, was escorting Theodore Life, Jr., home from the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit on Feb. 3, according to a statement from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Cameron Kline, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, refused to discuss the reasons behind Life's visit to the police department, saying only that he was being questioned as part of a continuing investigation.

The prosecution's statement alleges O'Donnell grabbed Life once both men were beyond the reach of the department's security cameras.

O'Donnell is alleged to have kicked Life once in the knee, according to the statement. That kick caused Life to drop to the ground in pain, according to prosecutors.

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As he stood up, Life noticed he couldn't put weight on his leg. It was later determined that his femur had sustained a non-displaced fracture, prosecutors said.

O'Donnell then allegedly drove Life to the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia in an unmarked vehicle, dropping him off on a random street, miles from his home.

The statement claims Life was unable to walk due to the pain he was experiencing in his leg and called his father to drive him to the hospital for treatment.

The fracture has left Life with a slight limp, the statement adds.

O'Donnell, a nine-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police force, turned himself in Wednesday morning after being formally charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, obstructing administration of law and official oppression.

It wasn't immediately clear Wednesday if O'Donnell had retained an attorney.

The officer remains in custody without bail.
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