Six charged for kidnapping Indianapolis teens

Aaron Blackwell (left) and Emma Blackwell. (Provided Photos)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/WANE) – Six people are facing federal charges in connection with the kidnapping of two Indianapolis teens, according to U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler.

All six people have been charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping:

  • John Thomas
  • Bernando Reeves
  • Ali Hussain Ashore
  • Mohammed Karkash
  • April Sandell
  • Alaa Al-Salehi

The charges come from a case in which an Amber Alert was declared when 16-year-old Aaron Blackwell and his sister, 13-year-old Emma Blackwell, were taken from their home at gunpoint.

According to the charging documents, an unidentified kidnapper made eight ransom calls to the missing children’s older brother.

Police were involved in a high-speed chase involving some of the suspects. After stopping an SUV, they found the 16-year-old blindfolded with his hands also bound. He was kept in the luggage compartment of the SUV. The boy told police he was blindfolded throughout the kidnapping, and he said one of the kidnappers cut his finger when he didn’t have answers to certain questions.

The 13-year-old girl was eventually taken to Dayton, Ohio. She was given $200 and worked with fast food employees to get a taxi back to Indianapolis, according to court documents.

The violence and kidnapping may be tied to one of the suspects saying a sibling of the children stole $120,000 in drug proceeds, a kilogram of cocaine and 4,000 painkiller pills from him.

U.S. Attorney Minkler told WISH-TV his office is investigating if more people could be involved.

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