INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2015) – FOX59 has new information regarding an Indianapolis Amber Alert case that started Monday and spanned two states.
Both teens are safe after they were forcibly abducted by three gunmen at 3 a.m. in the 1200 block of North LaSalle Street.
The teens are brother and sister. Aaron Blackwell is 16 years old and Emma Blackwell is 13 years old.
Police confirmed just after 8 p.m. Monday that Aaron was located after a high-speed chase in Detroit. No injuries were reported.
Emma was located early Tuesday morning and dropped off at her home. FOX2 in Detroit, Mich., reports that three people are now in custody.
A man who identified himself as the father of the teenagers cooperated with police. On Monday afternoon he spoke with members of the media at the family home on LaSalle Street, pleading for the safe return of his children.
"I just want my babies back," said Issac Pernell.
Hours before Michigan State Police extended the Amber Alert, Pernell had a good idea where his kids were.
"Detroit!" he said.
Neighbors say they were devastated to hear that the kids next door were put in danger.
"I have a loss of words. I haven't' seen anything like this happen around here. I have kids, too. I just hope they are safe and come back," said neighbor Carmen Williams.
"They don't do anything bad, they just sit outside like normal kids and hang out. The little girl gardens and you see her outside taking care of the house," said neighbor Araceli Alvarado.
"I find it horrible. I don't get why would anyone would go to the depths of doing that," said neighbor James Betker.
FOX59 reached out to police early this morning about the incident. Police initially stated the incident was a prank.
"I don't know why it was believed to be a false alarm initially. However, as investigators followed up with the mother they determined it was probably in fact true," said Lt. Richard Riddle with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Investigators do not believe this was a random act. Sources tell FOX59's Russ McQuaid that this all started when the teens' older sister stole cash and/or drugs from a drug dealer in Detroit and fled to Indianapolis.
Anyone with information should call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at 1-888-58AMBER or 1-888-582-6237.