A bizarre story out of Des Moines, Iowa goes to show that crack addiction isn’t a Black, inner-city monopoly. Drug addiction spans across color lines and tax brackets, causing some to do outrageous things in pursuit of their next high. This is explained by the story of an unidentified, 19-year-old male in Des Moines. He was allegedly the victim of kidnapping at gunpoint by a crazed crack addict, who turns out to be a well-known business executive in the area.
The teen says that he was kidnapped by 45-year-old Mark Allen Hanrahan, a top-level executive at the Principal Financial Group. There is no reason given yet why Hanrahan singled out the specifically teen for the kidnapping at gunpoint. His motive for kidnapping someone was evident according the teen. He was in search of crack cocaine.
The teen waited outside of his girlfriend’s house in his car when Hanrahan appeared brandishing a gun and told him to get in his truck. According to the teen, Hanrahan threatened him with death if he couldn’t find drugs for him. The teen tried to plead with Hanrahan that he wasn’t into drugs and couldn’t help, Hanrahan told him that he would drive to Omaha to get some if need be. The teen faked phone calls like he was searching for the crack, but was really making calls for help. He spoke in Spanish so that his abductor wouldn’t be hip to what he was doing. After two hours, family was able to pinpoint where the teen was and police found him with Hanrahan.
The teen involved wishes to not be identified because he is in fear for his life after Hanrahan was released, though he was charged with kidnapping. “He should be in jail because probably he can do the same thing to another person and probably this time he can kill the person,” the teen said. “I think he’s a really dangerous person.”