Pregnant Woman Kidnapped, Set on Fire When Man Eschews His Baby

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 28, 2012   |   11:05AM   |   Warren, MI

Police have one man in custody and are searching for a second in relation to a crime involving violence against a pregnant women whose partner was not interested in her giving birth to his child.

According to the Macomb Daily newspaper, the pregnant woman is 22-years-old and was kidnapped, shot, set on fire and left to die. The woman was hospitalized but did not suffer life-threatening injuries after she was abducted and her baby is reportedly fine after an ultrasound.

As the newspaper describes, the woman’s former boyfriend appears to have set her up for attack by hiring or convincing another man to kill her and abandon her body.

Investigators said the victim and her ex-boyfriend had drifted apart. However, he began calling her in February and the two began talking again. They agreed to go to a movie Friday night in Dearborn.

After the movie, the victim was driving him back to his place on the 85000 block of Sherman Avenue, where he lives with his new girlfriend and her mother. The two, riding in the victim’s Saturn Vue, pulled up into the garage about 1 a.m. Saturday and both exited the vehicle.

When the woman got out of the car, she was attacked from behind by a man who put a gun to the back of her head and duct taped her mouth, feet and hands, Green said. She was forced back into her vehicle and driven to a field in the area of Interstate 94 and Interstate 75 where they stopped.

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green told the paper that, at some point during the attack, the attacker asked how far along her pregnancy was, and said “You know why this is happening.”

“The gunman gets out, opens the door and sprays lighter fluid on her,” Green said. “He then lit a match and threw it on her, and she caught on fire. She rolls out of the car and onto the ground and heard two gunshots. One of them hit her and she played dead until the guy left.”

The woman was eventually able to get free from her bonds after the attacker fled when she played dead. She drove her to mother’s house and was able to be helped to the hospital.

Green said authorities are searching for the attacker but arrested the boyfriend because of his apparent participation in the attack plot.



“Although we’re told he saw her being abducted, the ex-boyfriend didn’t help her, he never called 911, he said he went to bed and went to sleep,” Green said. “So we have one in custody and obviously we’re still looking for a second man.”