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2 teens kidnapped after their sister steals $120,000 from drug dealer

By Mason White 10:51 AM March 11, 2015
Whitney Blackwell 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Two teenagers went through a terrifying ordeal after their sister stole money from a drug dealer.

Whitney Blackwell, 27, of Indianapolis, Indiana, said that three gunmen broke into her home and were looking for cash when they kidnapped her siblings.

The men kidnapped Aaron Blackwell, 16, and his sister Emma 13, prompting an Amber Alert.

The teenagers were sleeping when the men came into their home around 2:30 a.m. The teens were placed in separate SUVs and were driven around for a few hours.

The gunmen called Blackwell, and threatened harm to her siblings if she did not return the stolen money. Blackwell said that she heard her sister crying in the background while the kidnappers also threatened to hurt her and to kill her own 6-year-old son.

Blackwell admits that she stole money from her former boyfriend John Thomas, who is an alleged drug dealer.

She said that she met Thomas while working as a stripper in Detroit, Michigan. She was impressed with his lifestyle and his promise of taking care of her so she would not have to work anymore.

However, when things did not work out, Blackwell stole his money and left his home.

According to court documents, Blackwell is accused of stealing $120,000 in drug money, a kilo of cocaine and 4,000 pills of Oxycontin.

Blackwell admits to stealing approximately $43,000 from her former boyfriend. She also said that Thomas had a lot of cash in the home and she did not think he would realize that the money was missing.

Court documents detail how the kidnappers demanded a ransom for the safe return of the siblings. They called family members at least eight times in a two hour period.

Police found Aaron Blackwell in Detroit. His sister Emma was dropped off at a Taco Bell in Dayton, Ohio. The kidnappers gave her $200 to take a taxi back home.

Blackwell’s former boyfriend, Thomas, faces federal charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. His accomplices face charges of kidnapping.

Blackwell said that her son was taken into the care of Child Protective Services, while she spends time in jail for the theft. Her bail was set at $50,000.