HAMTRAMCK (WWJ) - Police in Hamtramck are looking for two women who they believe have been abducted.
Investigators said 18-year-old Abreeya Brown and her friend, 21-year-old Ashley Conaway, were standing near Brown’s car outside of a home when they were reportedly thrown into the trunk of a car and kidnapped.
It happened at around 10 p.m. Tuesday on Andrus Street, near Jos Campau and St. Aubin.
“According to Brown’s father, he exchanged gunfire with two men from inside the home just prior to them abducting both the women,” Detective Prima Brennen told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Vickie Thomas.
Police said when they arrived at the home, they found multiple shell casings and Brown’s vehicle still running with both of its doors left open. Her purse was on the ground. One of the girls sent a text message to family members from the trunk, asking for help.
Police said the kidnapping may be in retaliation for a confrontation earlier this month where one of the women was a victim and another was a witness.
Police earlier named two “persons of interest” in the case: 26-year-old Brandon Lewis Cain and 34-year-old Andre Michael Todd-Douglas, both of Detroit.
However, Detective George Voight said officers have interviewed Todd-Douglas. They believe that he did not have a role in the abduction. He has been turned over to Detroit police.
Voight said, at this point, it’s all about old-fashioned police work in finding the young ladies.
“We’re following up on leads. We’ve basically … put soldiers out there on the street. We’re trying to do interviews, reaching out to the community.
Cain was still at large Wednesday afternoon.
The suspect vehicle is described as a silver Concorde or other silver sedan.
A car fitting that description was found burned out in Detroit, but Voight said police believe the women may still be found OK.
“We’re hopeful. Time will tell, you know. The clock’s ticking so we’d like to continue our focus on getting them to safety,” he said.
Anyone with information about the kidnapping or about Cain’s whereabouts is asked to contact Hamtramck Police at 313-876-7803 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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