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CROWN POINT — Gary Councilman Ron Brewer made a brief court appearance Wednesday on charges alleging he kidnapped, confined and intimidated a teenager he believed was involved in the September theft of his red 2007 Lexus.

Brewer appeared alongside his defense attorney, Scott King, who has previously said he doesn't see a basis for the most serious charges against the councilman because of a citizen's arrest law.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez set Brewer's next hearing for Feb. 26.

Charges filed Nov. 7 allege Brewer tracked his stolen Lexus to an East Chicago gas station, fired a gun at several teens in the Lexus, and took a 14-year-old boy against his will to Gary at gunpoint instead of allowing police to handle the situation, records show.

The boy was among several teens in the vehicle who fled when Brewer began chasing the Lexus on Sept. 22, records say. The 14-year-old boy was caught by Brewer's wife, and a 16-year-old boy was stopped by an East Chicago police officer in the 5700 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, records say.

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