Following an intense search for two women from Hamtramck, the bodies of two women have been found in a shallow grave in Detroit. Police believe they may be Abreeya Brown and Ashley Conaway.
Click on the video player to hear Ron Savage’s live report from the scene.
18-year-old Abreeya Brown was abducted at gunpoint in late February along with her best friend and housemate, 22-year-old Ashley Conaway, right in front of their home on Andrus in Hamtramck. They had just returned from a restaurant when two men came after them. One of them was allegedly Conaway’s ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Brandon Cain.
“She ran to go to get into the house. She’s banging at the door. They ran and snatched her off the porch and put them in the trunk of the car,” Brown explained.
Abreeya’s stepfather grabbed his gun and started shooting at the kidnappers.
“Luckily he had that gun. He said they were shooting at him and he was shooting at them,” Brown remarked.
“Her purse was in the middle of the street, but the girls were gone and so were the two men that he had exchanged gunfire with,” said Hamtramck Police Detective Prima Brennan.
The men took off with the young women stuffed in the trunk of their silver car. Terrified, the women texted Ashley’s sister.
“‘They got us,’” she said as she read us a text message. “The next text says ‘help.’”
“Those text messages ceased around 10:26 last night, and we haven’t heard from them since, so obviously time is of the essence,” the detective told us.
Police say in early February in Detroit, Cain had tried to shoot Ashley and Abreeya after Ashley broke up with him.
“He told them if you pull off, we’re going to spray the car, and that’s what he did,” said Lisa Howard, Abreeya’s aunt. “He grazed Ashley in the head.”
The two women went to police, and Cain may have gone into hiding. The family says Cain was facing attempted murder charges and tried to bribe the women not to testify against him, offering them $5,000.
“He said, ‘If you don’t testify, I’ll give you this bread. Take this bread and let’s squash this.’ She said, ‘No, you tried to kill me.’”
Early Wednesday, police had named 34-year-old Andre Todd-Douglas as a person of interest in the case. He turned himself in. He’s wanted in connected with the shooting in Detroit in early February, not the kidnapping in Hamtramck Tuesday night.
As for Cain, he’s a parole absconder with a history of feeling police, receiving and concealing stolen property — a motor vehicle — and assault with great bodily harm. It’s believed he’s the dangerous felon who has Ashley and Abreeya. 24-year-old Brian Christopher Lee is believed to be the other man who was at that home in Hamtramck when all of this went down Tuesday night. Charges could come as early as next week.