William Fortson )
A 45-year-old Hamtramck man has been charged in the abduction Tuesday night of a Detroit teen.
Anthony William Fortson was arraigned Friday in 36th District Court on charges of unlawful imprisonment and assault and battery. Unlawful imprisonment can carry a 15-year sentence; assault and battery can carry 93 days in jail.
A judge set Fortson’s bond at $100,000 and scheduled a preliminary examination of the case against him for Jan. 29, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
A 15-year-old girl was looking for her cellphone in her front yard in the 5500 block of Philip Street near Interstate 94 and Outer Drive about 8 p.m. Tuesday when she was grabbed from behind and thrown into a vehicle, according to authorities.
Fortson allegedly drove off with the teen, making sexually suggestive comments toward the girl.
The two continued on into the city of Hamtramck. At one point, the vehicle stopped and the girl escaped. She ran into a home, where a Good Samaritan alerted authorities.
Hamtramck police located the suspect a short time later and took him into custody.
Detroit and Hamtramck police are working together in the investigation.
Nioka Ellis told The News on Wednesday that she realized her daughter, 15, was missing about 8 p.m. Tuesday.
“I came out, peeked out the door and I didn’t see her nowhere,” Ellis said.
Ellis alerted the family, who threw on their coats and began searching the area for her daughter. When they came back to the house empty-handed, Ellis’ sister received a phone call.
It was a man eight miles away in Hamtramck who told the family the teen had run into his home and that he was keeping her safe in a closet as her abductor came knocking, looking for “a girl in a pink coat,” Ellis said.
The daughter told her mother she escaped her captor around the 1800 block of Comstock, near the Colonel Hamtramck Home, where the vehicle had parked.
Hamtramck police arrived at the scene and took the girl into protective custody while they searched for the suspect. Authorities located Fortson a short time later.