KC wife thankful husband is coming home safe from STL area following abduction

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A woman says her husband was held at gunpoint in their Kansas City driveway Thursday morning, then abducted in his own van. Police say two men drove the 67-year-old man hours away to the other side of Missouri.

The three men got all the way to the St. Louis area before the man escaped his captors and called for help. FOX 4's Megan Brilley spoke with the victim's wife about the distressing day.

She said she's now scared for her safety and didn't want her identity revealed, but expressed how happy she is that her husband is coming home alive.

"I had called my sister and her church, friends. They were praying also," the victim's wife said.

She said she had her entire neighborhood praying because she woke up and realized her husband was missing. Police say two suspects held him at gunpoint and kidnapped him in his own van from the 12200 block of Prospect. They forced the man to withdrawal cash at ATMs in the area and stopped at a McDonald's on Blue Ridge Boulevard for food.

Police say they then continued to drive on Interstate 70 towards St. Louis. Hours had gone by and the victim's wife didn't know if her husband was alive.

"You know when you think you've lost someone, you're thinking how can I go on? I prayed I wouldn't have to worry about that," she said.

Then she got a call.

"They told me, yes, it was my husband. He was okay, he wasn't in the hospital. He was alive," she said.

Police told her the suspects had driven several hours away, all the way to Jennings, Mo. in St. Louis County, and it was in a neighborhood there that her husband was able to escape the vehicle.

"I cried. And I said, 'thank you, God,'" she recalled.

Police have not found the suspects or the van. They say the first suspect is 20 years old, wearing a gray or blue baseball cap. The second suspect is 25 to 30 years old, was wearing a ski mask, dark blue shirt and jeans. Both suspects are black men.

They were last seen driving the victim's red or orange Chevrolet van with Missouri license plates, which has since been recovered in Bardstown, Ky.  Police don't know why the suspects chose to drive the 67-year-old away from the house and all the way to St. Louis county, but his wife thinks she does.

"The door was unlocked and open, they could've come right in. So I know he took them away from here, so that I wouldn't be hurt,"

Officers in Kansas City are investigating this case. If you hear anything about the two men involved or where they may be now you're asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.



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