VIDEO: Police Share Info on Ferndale Teen’s Abduction

Police Share Info on Ferndale Teen’s Abduction

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 19, 2021)

Ferndale, MI- Two Ferndale residents are expected to be arraigned today in 43rd District court on a list of charges related to the Nov. 16 abduction of a 16 year old Ferndale High School student from the Sunoco Gas Station at 8 Mile and Pinecrest.  At a press conference Friday morning Ferndale Police and the FBI shared details of the incident.

Police Chief Dennis Emmi said the student was getting gas when she was forced into her own car at gunpoint. She had been getting gas between her morning classes at Ferndale High School and her afternoon class at CASA, which is a school in Oak Park where students from several districts attend.   When friends noticed the girl was not texting or communicating, and when she did not show up for her afternoon class at CASA, they contacted the girl’s parents, who then contacted police.  Out of respect for the family and due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing, details of the abduction and subsequent crimes could not be shared.

Ferndale Police worked with the FBI’s local task force, and was able to locate the girl about five and a half hours after she was taken.  The kidnapping happened at 11am and the teen was safely recovered around 4:30pm in an undisclosed city outside of Ferndale. The task force includes officers from local departments, including one from Ferndale.

A 44 year old black male resident of Ferndale is being charged with 8 counts felony firearm, 2 counts armed robbery, 1 count torture, 1 count unlawful imprisonment, and 4 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.  A 44 year old white female from Ferndale is being charged with 1 count aiding and abetting a kidnapping and 1 count accessory after the fact. Police would not comment as to the relationship of the suspects. The suspects will not be named until after arraignment, and this story will be updated when that information is available.

“These two individuals appear to be the only ones involved and we do not believe this case poses and further danger to our community,” Chief Emmi said. He said it was “a crime of opportunity,” and that the student was not targeted specifically.  She did not know the suspects.  Nor do police believe it to be tied to human trafficking.

Emmi said the student is receiving counseling through the FBI, and that the family does not need any support other than thoughts and prayers.  “We’re in contact with the family,” he said.  “We hear she’s safe and doing well, but it’s gonna be a long journey.”  He emphasized the need to respect the victim’s privacy.

UPDATE: The suspects in the case are Kahill Floyd and Jessica Quick. Floyd was held without bond and Quick was given a $1,000,000 cash or surety bond. Both are due back in court on Nov. 29.  Out of respect for the teenage victim and her family, Oakland County Times is not sharing further details of her ordeal, though they can be found on other news sites.

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