Philadelphia, PA – Three adults are in custody after a 17-year-old boy was abducted from his parents’ basement in northeast Philadelphia on Sunday night.
Authorities said the teen was kidnapped from his parents’ home in the 660-block of Tabor Road just before 11:30 p.m. on July 11, WPVI reported.
Family members told police that they heard strange sounds coming from the basement, but when they went down to check on the 17 year old, he was gone.
The family told police it sounded as if there had been a struggle, WPVI reported.
Police investigated and found blood and bullets in the yard outside the home.
Investigators also found a bullet hole inside the basement, but the family said they hadn’t heard a gunshot during the struggle, WPVI reported.
Police said that teen’s vehicle was still parked in front of the house but his cell phone was missing.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said investigators used the 17 year old’s cell phone signal to find him, WPVI reported.
“We were able to track the 17 year old’s cellphone to a property in the 6200-block of Trotter Street,” Chief Inspector Small told reporters. “When police went to that location, they declared it a barricade since we believed that this was an abduction point of gun.”
Hostage negotiators were called and the SWAT team was deployed to the location, WPVI reported.
Chief Inspector Small said negotiators made contact with the suspects inside the home and shortly thereafter, three people came out of the residence.
Police said the suspects were two women and one man in their 20s, WPVI reported.
The missing 17 year old was found inside the home, seriously injured.
Chief Inspector Small said the teenage victim’s face and head were bruised, and he was bleeding heavily and going in and out of consciousness, WPVI reported.
But despite his injuries, the teen was able to identify his abductors at the scene for police.
Then he was transported to the hospital for treatment and reunited with his family, WPVI reported.
Police arrested all three suspects at the scene.
Investigators have not determined a motive for the kidnapping but said that at least one of the suspects had a history with the victim, WPVI reported.