Three Teenagers Accused of Kidnapping 86-Year-Old Washington Woman Hazel Able

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By Jacquellena Carrero

Three teenagers were arrested for kidnapping an 86-year-old woman from her Washington state home early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The elderly woman, Hazel Able, told police she had been abducted from her Washington home and was left locked inside her car trunk in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Wood Village, Oregon, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

“She told deputies she was taken from her home by three unknown people, placed in the trunk of her vehicle and was able to escape from the trunk when the vehicle stopped at the Walmart and she was left alone in the vehicle,” the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the store around 1:15 a.m. after Able walked inside and told an employee that she had been kidnapped. She was not injured.

A 14-year-old girl, 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy were taken into custody without incident around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday morning and booked into the Donald E Long Juvenile Detention Center.

Able told investigators that she did not know the three people who allegedly kidnapped her.

According to NBC affiliate KNDU, a neighbor who takes care of Able’s yard noticed that something was amiss at her home when her garage door was left open. The neighbor told the station that Able never leaves her house unless she is going to the grocery store or the hair salon.

Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesman for the Mulnomah County Sheriff’s Office, said the investigation is ongoing.