Elderly woman escapes kidnappers after being locked in trunk, discovers one suspect is her great-grandson

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KENNEWICK, Wash. – An elderly woman is recovering after being kidnapped from her home by three intruders.

Hazel Abel, 86, was watching television when she heard the doorbell ring.

When she opened the door, a handful of dirt was thrown in her face.

At that point, Abel says the intruders pushed her to the ground, covered her eyes and mouth and one of them sat on her chest.

Her hands were tied and she was gagged.

The suspects forced Abel and her 10-year-old dog, Tessa, into the trunk of her car.

Abel told KNDO that the teens laid a quilt down in the trunk for her and picked her up and put her in the trunk because her legs were too short to get in on her own.

Abel and the dog rolled around in the trunk as the driver of the car abruptly changed from the gas pedal to the brake.

According to KVEW, Abel’s ordeal lasted six hours.

She says she was hoping the car would run out of gas, but the car eventually came to a stop at the Walmart in Wood Village.

As the three teenagers went into the store, Abel says she found the latch to unlock the trunk.

She immediately grabbed Tessa and made her way to the outdoor gardening section, where employees called for help.

Now, investigators believe a family member had a role in her kidnapping.

“I had never done anything to him,” Abel said.

Authorities learned that the teens at Abel’s door included her great-grandson, his friend and his friend’s girlfriend.

“I had no idea where I was, where they were going to take me and what they were going to do once they got me there because I thought they would kill me,” Abel told KVEW.

Investigators aren’t releasing what the teens had planned, but say they brought along a butcher knife from Abel’s  kitchen.

Abel says her great-grandson stopped by her house just a couple of days before the attack, asking for money.

However, she refused to give him anything.

“I have to understand why. I just cannot understand why and the only reason I can give for it is that they wanted my money and they wanted my car,” she said.

The teens have been arrested.

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