Lake Wales girls kidnapped at gunpoint, now safe

2:22 AM, Dec 31, 2009   |    comments
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Lake Wales, FL - Young sisters Alaysha and Kayahra Plain are safe and sound after a Florida AMBER Alert was issued this morning and then cancelled this afternoon.

Authorities found the little girls, ages 4 and 5, unharmed, in Orlando around 4:00pm Wednesday afternoon.

Lake Wales Police say the children were abducted early Wednesday morning from their home at Tower Point Apartment Homes in Lake Wales where the girls lived with their father and stepmother.

Around 9:30am, police say the girls'biological mother, Candice Wright, 26, broke into the apartment with her boyfriend Saedaddus Abdus-Samad, 33, and another unknown black male.

Police say Abdus-Samad was armed with a knife and the other man had a semi-automatic pistol.  Police say they kidnapped the little girls and took off in a getaway car that was waiting for them outside of the apartment building. 

An AMBER Alert went out for the car and police say tips from concerned citizens started rolling in.

With help from the FBI and FDLE, authorities were able to track down the car, the girls, and the suspects.

Police say Wright essentially turned themselves in, saying it was a big misunderstanding. 

Police say while the biological mother and father had an agreement for shared custody, it was not court-ordered and the estranged couple had been going through a custody battle.

The emotional custody battle had Wright reaching out in what could have been a cry for help just thirty minutes before the abduction, when she approached a Lake Wales officer at a gas station on State Road 60, just a few miles from the apartment building.

Sergeant Lawrence McCalley of the Lake Wales Police Department told 10 Connects, "It was explained to her, if there's no written custody, we can't get involved.  She has to go through the courts.  Then, thirty minutes later she's breaking into the house and taking her children away. "

Wright and Abdus-Samad were booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of Armed Burglary, Aggravated Assault.  The boyfriend has an additional charge of kidnapping.  Wright does not face kidnapping charges because, police say, the children are hers.

Police are still trying to track down two other men involved in the incident.  They will face kidnapping charges as well.

The suspects will be extradited to the Polk County Jail later tonight or tomorrow.

After being debriefed by the Department of Children and Families, police say, the girls are reuniting with their father tonight.

10 Connects is told they are in good spirits, despite the ordeal.

Erica Pitzi, 10 Connects Reporter

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