Pregnant woman kidnapped, set on fire and shot; two men now under arrest, the mom of one talks

Woman, unborn baby remain alive

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Two men are under arrest in the brutal attack on a pregnant woman and could be arraigned on Tuesday.

The mother of one of the suspects told 7 Action News Reporter Cheryl Chodun she cannot believe her son could be involved. Her son is the father of the unborn baby.

Names of the suspects have not been released pending charges.

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Warren Police say a 22-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby are alive after a grisly crime early Saturday morning.   

The victim tells police she and her ex-boyfriend had just returned from a drive-in movie in Dearborn when she dropped him off at the home of his new girlfriend on Sherman Street in Warren.

The two pulled into the garage and then got out of the car. The garage door then suddenly closed.

"The next thing she knew she was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head," said Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green. "She was ordered to the ground."

Green says she was blindfolded, and duct tape was placed on her mouth and wrapped around her hands and feet.

The suspect then drove her around in her Saturn Vue for about ten minutes before stopping in an alley in Detroit. That was near I94 and I75.

Then the man said two things.

"He said 'you know why this is happening' and then he asked her about how far along she was," says Commissioner Green.

The woman, who is nine months pregnant, says she felt liquid poured on her, then heard a match strike and then she was on fire.

"She was able to get out of the car and start rolling on the ground, trying to put the fire out," Green says. "And when that happened, two shots were fired and she was struck once in the back."

She played dead, and the man took off.

She was able to free herself from the duct tape and then drove away, calling her mother from a gas station and then driving to her mother's home on Detroit's east side. Her mother then took her to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. She was later transferred to Detroit Receiving.

Later in the morning, police took her ex-boyfriend into custody for questioning.

Police say he is a person of interest because he did nothing to help and did not call 911. He tells police he was sleeping and did not see the attack.

Neighbors say they often see very nice cars and a lot of traffic at the Sherman Street house where the woman was abducted.

Warren police could be seen Saturday morning taking fingerprints and photos of charcoal starter fluid in the garage.

They also dusted the woman's Saturn Vue for fingerprints.

Police say the possible motive for the attack is the boyfriend not wanting another child.

7 Action News has learned that one day after the woman had a baby shower earlier in May, a suspect showed up at her mother's house and pointed a gun at her. The mother slammed the door and he left.

An ultrasound shows the unborn baby is healthy according to police.

A spokesman for Detroit Receiving Hospital says the woman is listed in serious condition. She is recovering from burns to her back and head. Police say the bullet wound to her back did not do any serious damage. She is due to give birth in three weeks.

7 Action News is not naming the woman at this time. Reached by cell phone, her mother declined to comment Saturday afternoon.

Sources tell 7 Action News the ex-boyfriend is 22 and has a criminal record that includes an armed robbery arrest.

He remains in police custody.

The victim was not able to get a good description of the attacker.

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