05-21-2008, 04:06 PM #1
MI - Kidnapped Woman Bound With Duct Tape Manages Desperation Call to 911
part of original story recanted .... charges reduced... maybe she went there willingly for drugs???
kudos to cops who made a textbook rescue..... many law enforcement professionals are seriously underpaid!
woman calls 911 while "kidnappers" slept:
Updated: 5/20/2008 3:08:55 PM
"Suspects arraigned in abduction, not charged with kidnapping
A Detroit man and an Ypsilanti woman were arraigned today in the connection with the unlawful imprisonment of an Ann Arbor woman that took place Monday night.
Jamal Turner, 35, and Michele Baisden, 29, are facing multiple counts including unlawful imprisonment, conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment, felony assault and felony firearms charges. A preliminary trial is set for June 3 in Washtenaw County District Court.
Investigators are backtracking from earlier reports indicating that a kidnapping had occurred just outside the Subway restaurant at Ann Arbor's Colonnade Shopping Center, located in the 800 block of Eisenhower, at about 10 p.m. Monday night. Sheriff's Dept. officials are now saying the victim wasn't originally taken against her will.
"This seems more like a case where (the victim) wanted to leave the house at some point but they wouldn't let her," said Cmdr. Dave Egeler from the Sheriff's Dept.
Egeler also debunked an earlier report that the victim had been punched in the face by one of the suspect and then thrown into a nearby car. He said that assault most likely occurred at the home.
"But there is no question, she was bound and being held against her will. And that's what (deputies) found when they kicked in the door," Egeler said.
Sheriff’s deputies rushed the Ypsilanti Township home, located in the 600 block of Oswego Drive, where the victim was being kept, shortly after 2 a.m. Monday morning and freed the woman.
The suspects had tied her hands with duct tape, but she managed to knock a telephone off a table and call for help. She was able to identify her location to police by saying there was a Cadillac car in front of the house.
At one point, the victim told the dispatcher she was afraid Turner and Baisden would hear her and she had to hang up. The dispatcher convinced her to stay on the line.
Egeler from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Dept. said that upon the deputies arrival they looked in the window and saw the woman lying on the floor of a laundry room near the back door with her hand bound. Backup arrived and 10 deputies forced open the door and pulled her to safety.
The deputies were attacked by a pit bull, which was shot and killed.
Turner and Baisden were asleep in another room when deputies raided the house. Suspected drugs were also found in the home.
The victim was not seriously injured, but was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a precaution. The suspects were lodged in the Washtenaw County Jail."