Cops Offer Few Details in Bronx Kidnapping
By David Greene
A Bronx grandmother and her two grandchildren were reunited with family members after being abducted and taken on a two-hour ride to Edison, New Jersey– where the trio were dropped off, unharmed at a shopping mall.
According to police, the incident began at 1446 Gillespie Avenue in the Pelham Bay section at 12:17 p.m. on July 10, where the still-unknown male perpetrator stole a black 4-door Mercedez Benz E-350 and kidnapped a 48- year-old man, his 44-year-old wife and their two grandchildren, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl.
The male victim was apparently ordered out of the vehicle at Williamsbridge Road and Morris Park Avenue. The vehicle then fled north on Williamsbridge Road towards Pelham Parkway.
The man called police and spoke with officers from the 49th Precinct for about an hour, before his visibly shaken granddaughter arrived.
As detectives soon arrived, the pair spoke with arriving detectives for another hour, before the pair were apparently taken to the 49th Precinct for additional questioning.
After learning what happened, one employee of a local business responded, “Oh my God, shouldn’t the cops be out there looking for them instead of being here so long?”
Police apparently looked for video at several businesses, but none could capture the street or the vehicle.
Officials released a one paragraph statement on the incident, that read in part, “The male individual transported the female and two children in a black Mercedes Benz sedan to parts unknown. At approximately 1430 hours, police were notified that the wife and two children were dropped off at a mall in Edison, N.J., all in good physical condition.”
The statement added that no arrests have been made and the investigation into the incident continues.
Police declined to comment on why no Amber Alert was issued for the missing children or a News 12 report, attributed to a police source, that the incident was over a dispute over “drugs and money.”
Repeated attempts to contact both the 49th Precinct Community Affairs and the Edison New Jersey Police Department were unsuccessful.