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Kidnapping ends with suspect suicide

James W. Wade III | 8/21/2013, 11:07 a.m.
Derrick Hudson

This past weekend was a nightmare for Kenya Pierce as she was allegedly kidnapped by Derrick Hudson. The two-day long kidnapping of Pierce ended Monday morning with the suicide of suspect Hudson who traveled from Cleveland to Detroit and Elyria and back, police said.

Police Chief Michael McGrath said Pierce told police, after her rescue Monday in the 4200 block of Mapledale Avenue, she and Hudson just kept driving before the manhunt ended minutes before 7 a.m. in Pierce’s red 2007 Dodge Magnum.

McGrath said police were tipped off by a citizen headed out for work who spotted the car parked on Mapledale with Pierce in the driver’s seat and Hudson in the passenger’s seat.

Second district police officers responded within two minutes and heard a single gunshot in the vehicle as they approached, McGrath said.

Hudson was pronounced dead on-scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Pierce was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where she is being evaluated and treated for a possible broken arm Pierce received during the abduction Saturday morning in the 12300 block of Chesterfield Avenue.

All of this started Saturday morning when police assumed Hudson had both Pierce, 35, and her 4-year-old son, but the child was found to be staying at his father’s house. The boy was not at home during the incident.

Fifth District Commander Wayne Drummond said, at an early afternoon news briefing, that Hudson and Pierce were arguing in the upstairs half of a Chesterfield Avenue duplex when the landlords, Hudson’s aunt and uncle, tried to intervene.

Drummond said Hudson shot both of them then dragged Pierce out of the house. The police report said Hudson forced Pierce inside a red Dodge Magnum but she got out as he pulled from the driveway. The report said Hudson stopped the car and forced Pierce back inside the vehicle then drove off.

McGrath identified the wounded as Ethel Mundas, 52, and Andre Mundas, 55.

He said both remain in stable condition in MetroHealth Medical Center. He said police have been unable to talk to either. Ethel Mundas was shot in a leg, her husband in the chest.

McGrath said Hudson and Pierce had been in contact since he was released from prison in December, after serving 10 years on manslaughter charges for killing Pierce’s then boyfriend.

“He was just obsessed with her,” McGrath said. “He couldn’t leave her alone.”

McGrath said investigators with Cleveland Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation received credible tips the vehicle was spotted in Detroit Sunday evening, then in Elyria around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Drummond said Ethel Mundas made her way across the street after she was shot and called police from a home there. He said she and her husband live in the lower half of the duplex where they were wounded.

Special Agent in Charge Steven D. Anthony credited the tips to billboards the FBI and Ohio Attorney General’s Office posted in Cleveland and surrounding states.

Police are not able to determine why Hudson led Pierce to Detroit and Elyria before returning to Cleveland. They also do not know why the car was parked on Mapledale Avenue, McGrath said.