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Brooklyn Man Indicted for Kidnapping Five Women and Numerous Other Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
Defendant Allegedly Preyed on Women to Sexually Assault and/or Rob Them

A 20-count superseding indictment was filed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging Chad Barclay with interstate prostitution, Hobbs Act robbery, kidnapping, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, witness tampering, and obstruction of an official proceeding.  Those crimes involve five female victims.  In addition, one male was the victim of access device fraud and aggravated identify theft.  Barclay was arrested in May 2023 and ordered detained pending trial.  Barclay will be arraigned on the superseding indictment at a later date. 

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James Smith, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the superseding indictment.

“As alleged, the defendant is a dangerous criminal who sexually assaulted and robbed multiple vulnerable women while using fear to make them his prisoners,” stated United States Attorney Peace.   “I commend the prosecutors and FBI Special Agents for bringing this serial offender to justice.  Anyone who believes they are a victim of a crime committed by Barclay is asked to contact the United States Attorney’s Office at or the FBI.” 

“Barclay is alleged to have callously sexually assaulted, robbed multiple women, or both through threats of violence and coercion.  This type of criminal behavior has no place in our communities. Today’s indictment serves as a notice to any individual who willingly uses threats and intimidation to commit sexual assault and other violent crimes—the FBI will ensure you face punishment in the criminal justice system,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Smith. 

As alleged in court filings, from September 2022 to May 2023, Barclay engaged in a criminal pattern of enticing women, some of whom were contacted through online escort websites, to meet with him, and then sexually assaulting and/or robbing them.  After luring them to his apartment in Brooklyn, Barclay sexually assaulted multiple female victims, instilling fear and confining them for hours in his apartment.  Barclay also compelled the victims to unlock their phones so he could take control of the phones and transfer thousands of dollars to himself through various financial platforms.  On several occasions, Barclay stole the victims’ bank cards and used them to make unauthorized ATM withdrawals.  In some cases, Barclay asked his victims personal questions in an attempt to identify whether they had friends and family in New York or lived alone, and accessed their phones to gather personal information about them—including where they lived and whether they had children—to further coerce them into complying with his demands.  

If you are a victim or have information, there are several ways to contact the FBI: send a tip online at or call 1-800-CALL-FBI.  The FBI is ready to work with callers in their native language and regardless of your immigration status.

The charges in the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  If convicted of kidnapping, Barclay faces up to 20 years in prison. 

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Andy Palacio and Lorena Michelen.

The Defendant:

Age:  30
, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 23-CR-242 (S-1) (FB)


John Marzulli
Danielle Blustein Hass                            
United States Attorney’s Office
(718) 254-6323

Updated August 24, 2023

Violent Crime
Identity Theft