Hazel Abel, an 86-year-old great-grandmother from Washington, was recently kidnapped by her own great-grandson. Abel was getting ready to watch Dancing with the Stars on Monday night when she got a knock at the door. It was her 16-year-old great-grandson, Dylan, along with his 15-year-old friend Billy and a 14-year-old girl. They hit her over the head, bound and gagged her, and stuffed her in the trunk of her own car, which they then stole, along with Abel's purse and a butcher knife from her kitchen. She begged them not to hurt her dog, Tessa, who was placed in the trunk alongside her.
She was in the car for six hours, during which time they only stopped once, in order to get gas. According to Abel, they "played some really crappy music" during the trip. They finally parked at a Walmart to get toiletries, leaving her in the trunk. She decided that it was now or never. She undid her bindings (which were poorly applied—according to Abel, the kidnappers "didn't go to Boy Scouts" or anything), reached around, found the emergency trunk release, climbed out, ran into the gardening section of the store, and got the employees to help her. They called the police, and gave her clothing, food, and water while she waited. The teenagers ran from the store when they saw Abel with an employee, but were arrested at a gas station a few hours later.
Dylan already had a criminal past before this incident. In 2013, he pled guilty to residential burglary. He also attended a "juvenile justice program" after leaving high school. It was clear that he wanted her car and her money—he had already stolen $60 from her the week before, and he was angry when he later came back for more and only found $2. It wasn't just about money, though; discoveries made after the arrest justify Abel's suspicion that the teens were going to kill her, since they were, uh, planning to kill her:
(Martin) and Underwood had planned on knocking Abel out, killing her, putting her body in the trunk of her car, and then disposing of the body by burning the car,” District Attorney Jeffery Auxier, wrote in a probable cause affidavit used to hold the two boys.
Underwood also reportedly said he and Martin “discussed letting (Abel) 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,” court documents said.
And documents say that Martin also admitted to a detective “that he had discussed how to get rid of Abel’s body with (the girl) and Underwood.
The children are in custody and will be tried as adults for multiple felonies. Abel is shaken by the traumatic incident, and told reporters that she'll "never understand it or accept it." She is thankful to be alive and uninjured, though, and grateful that Tessa is doing okay as well.
She'd also like to know if anybody DVR'd that episode of Dancing with the Stars.