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Suspected kidnapper found dead, abducted woman alive

4:23 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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  • CLEVELAND -- Police say a suspected kidnapper is dead and the woman he allegedly abducted has been found alive.

    Thirty-five-year-old Kenya Pierce, who was kidnapped at gunpoint over the weekend, was found early Monday at a location on West 42nd Street and Mapledale.

    At a mid-morning news conference, police said Pierce had a broken arm and was still being evaluated at the hospital but was otherwise in good condition.

    Her alleged abductor, 35-year-old Derrick Hudson, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot. He's accused of kidnapping Pierce after shooting two of his own relatives.

    Authorities say they were tipped to that location around 7 a.m. after a neighbor spotted the suspect's car parked on Mapledale. Upon their arrival, police saw both the suspect and victim inside the vehicle. When officers approached, Hudson reportedly shot himself in the head.

    Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath says Hudson drove Pierce in a car without stopping during the entire ordeal traveling back and forth to Detroit as well as Elyria before being found.

    Police say it all started Saturday morning when an argument broke out at a home in the 12400 block of Chesterfield Avenue.

    The owners of the home, identified as Hudson's aunt and uncle, went upstairs to see what the argument was about. That's when police say the two were shot by Hudson.

    The victims, 52-year-old Ethel Munds and 55-year-old Andre Munds, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. One has since been released from the hospital, the other remains in treatment.

    Police say Hudson then took Pierce at gunpoint and fled the scene.

    Hudson was released on parole earlier this year after serving 10 years for killing Pierce's boyfriend.

    McGrath says Hudson was "obsessed" with Pierce. "He couldn't leave her alone," McGrath told reporters.

    Sunday, Pierce's mother pleaded with the suspect to let her daughter go.


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