A pair of siblings who were “violently” kidnapped by two masked men from an upstate New York foster home turned up safe this week more than a thousand miles away in Montgomery, Alabama.
Shekeria Cash, 3, and Dimitri Cash, Jr., 5, who were taken from a foster home in Greece, New York earlier this week were found safe on Jan. 20, according to authorities. The Amber Alert issued following their disappearance has since been suspended.
Police traced a vehicle rented locally in upstate New York to Montgomery, where during a vehicle stop the Cash siblings were discovered, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. They were reportedly under blankets on the floor in the vehicle’s backseat when law enforcement found them.
“[They] are in police custody tonight and are in no further danger," Greece Police Chief Andrew Forsythe said.
The woman driver of the vehicle was detained. It was not immediately clear what her relationship was to the children.
Police still haven’t identified the two assailants who kidnapped the siblings from New York. The brother and sister were reported missing after around 8:40 p.m. on Monday two men “violently” stormed the residence where the two children were staying, the Post-Standard reported.
The children's foster mother, who cares for more than half a dozen foster kids, said she heard a crash then saw the men in ski masks breaking through the home’s front window. The two suspects reportedly tied her and her children up using duct tape, then stole a van from the home. One of the children cut their lip in the attack, according to the newspaper. The stolen vehicle was later found empty by police.
“We believe, based on the investigation, that this was a planned and targeted abduction,” Forsythe said prior to the discovery of the children.
The father of the Cash children was reportedly involved in an ongoing custody battle at the time of their disappearance, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
Anyone with any information on the case is encouraged to call 911 or the Greece Police Department at 585-428-6666.
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