Ferndale couple charged in alleged abduction, assault of teenage girl
Ferndale — A Ferndale couple was charged Friday in connection with the alleged abduction of a 16-year-old girl who police said was held prisoner for more than five hours, tortured and sexually assaulted.
Khalil Floyd, 44, and Jessica Quick, 45, were arraigned before Ferndale 43rd District Magistrate Patrick Brennan in what assistant Oakland County prosecutor Tricia Dare described as a "terrifying" ordeal.
Ferndale Police Chief Dennis Emmi said the girl, a Ferndale High School student, had stopped at a gas station on Pinecrest and Eight Mile at 11 a.m. Wednesday when Floyd allegedly forced his way into her vehicle at gunpoint. The girl, authorities contend, was taken to Floyd's home where her wrists and ankles were bound, she was blindfolded and was gagged inside a locked outdoor shed. Floyd then allegedly sexually assaulted her at gunpoint, police said.
Floyd, police said, later moved the girl to a vacant Farmington Hills apartment where he's accused of sexually assaulting her again before returning back to the Ferndale area where police said she escaped his vehicle.
“There is no indication she knew either of the people or was targeted," Emmi said. "This (case) was random, extremely rare and scary," Emmi said.
Floyd, a contractor with Amazon, was charged Friday with 18 felony offenses — eight of which carry penalties of up to life in prison, including kidnapping; use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; two counts of armed robbery; one count of torture; one count of unlawful imprisonment; and four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Quick, who has no criminal history and is employed as a therapist for mentally ill children, is charged with kidnapping; aiding and assisting in the incident and being an accessory after the fact with armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment.
Floyd has a past conviction for sexually assaulting a minor and was currently on bond out of Wayne County for a breaking and entering offense, Dare said Friday, describing him as "a danger to the community."
Bradley J. Friedman, Quick's attorney, alleged in court that his client "feared for her own life" from Floyd. The couple had lived together since August, Friedman said.
"She (Quick) was in an abusive relationship and didn't feel she had any control ... she felt scared for her life," said Friedman. "She had no knowledge of what was happening.
"I believe she will be vindicated," Friedman added.
Dare asked Brennan to set a high bond or no bond for the pair. Floyd's attorney, Melissa Krauskopf, told Brennan charges against her client were only allegations at this point and should be reflected in any bond.
Brennan ultimately set a $1 million bond for Quick and denied bond for Floyd, who is single and has two chilldren.
Quick's parents and another relative were in the courtroom Friday. They left immediately after the video arraignment, declining questions from reporters.
Floyd and Quick were remanded to the Oakland County Jail. A probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 29 and a preliminary examination is Dec. 6.
Emmi said Friday that friends of the girl became concerned when she didn’t show up for a class Wednesday at a location off school property. They contacted the girl's mother who, in turn, called police.
Dare told Brennan that the victim's mother had allegedly tracked her daughter's car to the gas station and encountered Floyd there as he was attempting to pick up his own vehicle.
"He got out of the vehicle with a gun and took items from her (mother) and told her 'if anything happens, I will kill your daughter,'" Dare told Brennan.
Among the stolen items were the mother's car keys, which Floyd allegedly took back to the shed and showed her daughter. Prosecutors said Floyd allegedly told the girl if she tried to escape he would "kill her mother and family."
Police said the teenage victim is recovering at home.
"This could have ended much differently but for the instincts and quick actions of her friends," said Emmi, who credited the FBI and several Oakland County police agencies with assisting in the investigation.