Mom of Indianapolis kidnapping suspect can't believe daughter involved

Six people are now facing federal charges in the kidnapping of two Indiana teens and investigators say it all started over a drug dispute in Detroit.

Scared for her life and the lives of her two grandchildren, Alissa McKee can't believe her daughter is involved. 25-year-old April Sandell and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Alaa Alsalehi, known as Alex, plus four others were charged for their involvement in the kidnapping of two Indiana teens Monday. 

"I've been scared. I put broom knobs on the window and have the babies in the living room. I mean, it's terrifying," McKee said.

13-year-old Emma and 16-year-old Aaron Blackwell were taken at gunpoint from their home in Indianapolis in the early morning hours on Monday. Aaron was found bound and blindfolded in Detroit. His hands were bleeding and he was threatened with having his fingers cut off. Emma was sent back to her Indiana home in a cab after being dropped off at a Taco Bell in Dayton, Ohio. She was found safe Tuesday morning.

"I can't believe she's involved. She has two beautiful babies here." 

Sandell and Alsalehi are charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping along with Bernardo Reeves known as "C-note," Ali Hussain Ashore, Mohammad Karkash, and John Thomas, the alleged boyfriend of Whitney Blackwell, the older sister of the two teens. McKee said Thomas is a known drug deal who goes by the name "Jay" and he's dangerous.

"From what my daughter and my son in law told me, he's very dangerous." Mckee said.

McKee says before the kidnapping. Blackwell, who was Sandell's "best friend", was bragging about stealing $1 million, drugs and a diamond ring from Thomas. 

"He wanted the rest of his money. He was holding them for ransom for the rest of his money."

McKee says Thomas beat and threatened Blackwell, adding that Sandell and Alsalehi were worried about Blackwell's safety.

"I think she was trying to help her but I don't know if the girl told her where the rest of the money was."

All are facing federal charges and investigators believe Sandell and Alsalehi are not only connected but helped transport Aaron and were apparently following the orders of Thomas.

"I'm just glad the kids are ok."

The six charged are still in Detroit and all face life in prison.

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