Woman, 86, escapes trunk after abduction; teens held

(KOIN/Multnomah County Police Department)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two of the 3 teens accused of kidnapping an 86-year-old Washington woman and stuffing her in the trunk of a car face charges as adults in Multnomah County. One of the teens, Dyllan Martin, is the woman’s great-grandson.

Hazel Abel, 86, was kidnapped from her house in Kennewick, Washington on Nov. 2, 2015. She escaped, and 3 teens – including her great-grandson – are accused of the crime.

Martin, 16, and 15-year-old Billy Joseph Underwood, along with a 14-year-old girl, allegedly kidnapped Hazel Abel around 8 p.m. on November 2 from her Kennewick, Washington home.

The boys were in a Multnomah County court Wednesday afternoon and entered “not guilty” pleas to charges of 1st-degree kidnapping, 2nd-degree kidnapping, 2nd-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle and recklessly endangering another person. Martin used a tissue to wipe his eyes during the hearing.

Court documents from Multnomah County revealed Abel answered a knock at her door at that time. When she opened it, someone threw dirt in her face, covered her eyes and mouth with their hands, pushed her to the ground, taped her hands together, stuffed something in her mouth and covered her head with a hood so she couldn’t see.

Abel told investigators she was walked to her own car in her garage, then picked up and put in the trunk. She said the car drove for hours and she could hear a male and female voice, but could not recognize them.

When the car stopped, she untied her hands and pulled a cord that unlocked the trunk. She got out and yelled for help, court documents said.

Around 9 a.m., a Multnomah County detective spotted teens seen in a Walmart surveillance video walking east on Sandy Boulevard near an Arco gas station. The detective arrested the teens.

The 14-year-old girl, court documents said, told police she and the two teen boys wanted to run away to Portland and that Martin wanted to use his great-grandmother’s car. She said she and her boyfriend, Underwood, walked with Martin to Abel’s house but waited outside while the boys went in.

All three left, with Underwood driving and Martin in the backseat. The girl told police they stopped in Hood River and checked on Abel, who was still breathing.

Later, when they stopped at the Walmart in Wood Village to buy toiletries, they came out and saw Abel standing outside the car talking to a Walmart employee. The teens ran, she said.

Court documents also revealed Underwood said he and Martin discussed letting the 86-year-old woman “go three miles into a canyon because she wouldn’t be able to get out,” or knocking her unconscious and leaving her at a truck stop.

Martin allegedly told investigators he stole $60 from Abel a week before. He asked her for some more money but she said she did not have any money since the theft.

He also said he and Underwood planned to kill Abel, put her body in the trunk of the car and then burn the car, according to court documents.

The teens will have another hearing November 12 in juvenile court and eventually will appear in a Multnomah County adult court. The 14-year-old girl will be in juvenile court on November 18.

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