Updated: January 20, 2021 06:36 PM
Created: January 19, 2021 12:51 AM
UPDATE: Since this article was written, the children were found safe.
GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Think about the terror of this abduction.
At 8:50 p.m. Monday, Greece Police says two children in their pajamas were forcibly abducted by two men in ski masks while their foster mother and two other kids were duct-taped together.
Police say the two men smashed their way into the foster home on English Road in Greece through a front window, then two of the seven foster children in the home ran downstairs when they heard their foster mother scream.
Chief Drew Forsythe: “At which point the two suspects grabbed all three of them, used duck tape to forcibly tape all three together.”
Police say the masked men went upstairs and specifically took Shekeria Cash, 3, and her brother Dimitri Cash, 5.
Forsythe: “On the way out they also took the keys to the homeowners' van and fled the scene with the children inside.”
Police say GPS led them to the van three miles away from the foster home.
Police say the van was left at an apartment complex on Whitehall Drive, off Mount Read Boulevard in Greece.
Police did not tell us any description of the second getaway car.
Tuesday morning police were still looking to talk to the children’s biological father, Dimitri Cash who, last January, was charged with misdemeanors for trying to take one of his children from Autumn Lane Elementary School in Greece. At that time, he also did not have legal custody of his son, and hours later, he was found with his son and another 2-year-old child.
Forsythe: “Our first priority is certainly to find these two children. The father Dimitri is definitely someone we need to speak to.”
Tuesday I went to the addresses listed under Cash’s name.
I did speak with Cash’s parents at their home. They declined to talk on camera and did not tell me where I could find their son.
I was able to get Dimitri Cash’s cell phone but when I called the phone was turned off
Forsythe: “Somebody knows something about where these guys are and we need your help.”
The police did not call Dimitri Cash a suspect. But they want to talk to him.
They found blood at the scene. They think it’s from one of the men who broke into the house. Police also have the duct tape used in the abduction.
The police chief says the kids have been in foster care for at least two years, and there is a court case pending.
Greece Police is being assisted by state police, the U.S. Marshals Office, and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Shekeria has braided black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing panda pajamas.
Dimitri has short, black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing fire truck or dinosaur pajamas.
Police say the children were taken under circumstances that lead them to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.
Police have described the suspects as two Black men, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing flannel shirts, Dickies work pants, black knit hats, and black ski masks. One of the suspects has facial hair.
The suspects were last seen traveling on English Road.
To issue an Amber Alert, the police must determine if the children were kidnapped and their lives are in imminent danger.
Police say that is definitely the case here.
"We believe, based on the investigation, that this was a planned, targeted abduction," Forsythe said.
Then officers immediately called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The center then assigns a case manager, usually a former police officer, who provides valuable assistance to investigators.
"We do a lot of work in case analysis," Edward Suk, executive director of the regional National Center for Missing and Exploited Children office said. "For instance, if there are some leads that are being developed or leads coming into law enforcement through a tip line or what have you, we can help in analyzing those leads, help in putting out information on social media. Help in distributing poster information."
The center also helps with wireless remote alerts like the ones that are sent to cell phones. Suk says help the public is key, and time is of the essence because after 24 hours, the situation becomes progressively more urgent.
Anyone with information on this abduction is asked to call the Greece Police Department at (585) 865-9200 or dial 911. Forsythe also asked anyone in the English Road area to share surveillance video with the police.
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