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article imagePregnant Michigan woman abducted, set on fire and shot, survives

By Arthur Weinreb     May 28, 2012 in Crime
The mother is expected to make a full recovery and her unborn child is believed to be fine after the violent abduction. Police have two suspects in custody.
The 22-year-old, whose name is not being released, went to the movies Friday night with her ex-boyfriend, the father of her unborn baby. Early Friday morning, she drove him to the home he now shares with his new girlfriend in Warren, a suburb of Detroit.
After they arrived at the home, he told her to park in the garage. Once she drove in, he closed the garage door. Another individual who was already in the garage came up behind the woman, grabbed her, and put a gun to her head.
The woman, who is nine months pregnant, was bound, gagged, and thrown into the backseat of her car. The man then drove to a vacant lot in Detroit. The Detroit News reports Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green saying the man then said to her, "You know why this is happening."
The assailant then doused the woman with lighter fluid and threw a match at her. Although she was on fire, she managed to get out of the car and roll around on the ground to extinguish the flames. The woman then heard two gunshots; one shot missed but the other hit her in the back. She played dead until she heard the man running away.
Although seriously injured from the burns and the bullet, she managed to wriggle out of the duct tape she was bound in, get back into her car, and drive to her mother's home. Because of an earlier incident, she believed her mother might also be in danger.
As to the young woman's injuries, Warren Police Sgt. Dave Geffert was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying, She's expected to make a recovery. An ultrasound was performed and the baby appeared to be fine.
The ex-boyfriend was arrested on Saturday while another man, believed to be the abductor, was taken into custody on Sunday.
The Royal Oak Daily Tribune reports the police have a connection between the ex-boyfriend and the second man. The former boyfriend has a number of previous felony arrests including one for armed robbery.
Police believe the motive for the crime was that the ex-boyfriend, who has children with his current girlfriend, did not want his ex to have his child.
Both men will appear in court tomorrow on charges of attempted murder.
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