CLEVELAND — A kidnap suspect drove his captive, who was an ex-girlfriend, to Detroit then back to Cleveland before shooting himself in the head.
Derrick Hudson pulled the trigger as officers approached him on Mapledale Avenue around 7 a.m. Monday, the Cleveland Division of Police said.
Hudson was in the passenger’s seat of the red Dodge Magnum that belonged to victim Kenya Pierce. She was in the driver’s seat at the time.
It was the vehicle police had asked the public to watch for all weekend. A man on his way to work saw it and called in a tip.
Pierce was considered to be in good condition and was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for a few hours then released.
She told police she and Hudson had been driving since the abduction on Saturday morning.
That’s when Hudson and Pierce were arguing at a Chesterfield Avenue home just before 10 a.m.
When Hudson’s aunt and uncle, who are the landlords there, tried to step in to defend Pierce, they were both shot.
Andre Munds, 55, was hit in the chest and was upgraded to fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center on Sunday.
His wife Ethel, 52, was shot in the thigh and breast area. She was treated and released.
Hudson then forced Pierce into his car and began to drive away, but he hit a tree, police said.
Pierce was able to briefly get free but Hudson managed to get her back in the car.
At a news conference Monday, Cleveland Division of Police Chief Michael McGrath said Hudson was “obsessed” with Pierce.
According to police, Hudson was just paroled in December after spending ten years in prison for the manslaughter of Pierce’s boyfriend.
Back in the neighborhood, Kevin Andrews, who lives across the street, said, “I’m glad it’s over with, glad the neighborhood can get back to normal.”
“There’s a sense of closure because the girl is nice; she’s safe and he put himself into that situation. I’m just glad the girl is okay,” he went on.
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