Girl, 17, found after Amber Alert issued in Fergus Falls kidnapping; suspect also locatedAuthorities have located a 17-year-old girl reportedly abducted at gunpoint by her step-father, who was found shortly after the girl called police in Fergus Falls early this morning.
By: Brittany Lawonn, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
Authorities have located a 17-year-old girl reportedly abducted at gunpoint by her step-father, who was found shortly after the girl called police in Fergus Falls early this morning.
Amy Rene Henning drove the pickup she was abducted in to a gas station in Fergus Falls and called police, Chief Tim Brennan said, just after 1 a.m.
"We don't know if she's injured, but she's OK," Brennan said.
Authorities located David Randy Sabby, 46, a short time later when a homeowner who lives near Swan Lake in Otter Tail County called police when Sabby showed up at his door, Brennan said in a news release about 1:45 a.m.
Sabby is a pilot who unsuccessfully ran for Elbow Lake (Minn.) City Council last fall.
An Amber Alert was issued earlier this morning for Henning, after reports came in that Sabby had abducted her at gunpoint.
Circumstances surrounding the abduction are currently under investigation by the Fergus Falls Police Department, Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
It is unclear whether Sabby is under arrest.
The incident began after Henning's stepbrother phoned police, saying Sabby displayed a handgun and gagged and bound him, leaving him in the Westridge Mall parking lot and fleeing with Henning about 7 p.m., Brennan said.
“He got free” and called police about 7:30 p.m., Brennan said.
There is a no-contact order between Sabby and Henning, Brennan said, adding he is not yet sure how the boy and Sabby are related. The boy’s age has not been released.
“We’re still sorting through a lot of information,” he said.
Witnesses at the mall reported seeing a red pickup truck – possibly a GMC or a Chevrolet – with a single cab in the area just prior to the abduction.
Henning is believed to have arrived at the gas station in that vehicle, Brennan said.
Authorities were unsure where Sabby was headed Saturday night. Authorities in the Fargo-Moorhead area were notified about the incident just before 9 p.m. Saturday, according to police scanner traffic.
Elbow Lake Mayor Jay McNamar taught Sabby in high school about 25 years ago and said he has always known him as a good guy and a good student.
“It surprised me that he would be in trouble,” McNamar said when first told about the allegation late Saturday night.
A woman who answered the phone at a listing for Sabby in Elbow Lake declined to comment Saturday night.
Sabby is a pilot, according to his MySpace page called “rockincaptdave,” where he posts a picture of an AirTran plane and an image of a cockpit saying “this is my office.” He also states, “my office has a window seat at 30,000 ft with silver wings shining in the sunlight.”
He also posts, “I try not to think about what might have been … I almost always have a peaceful easy feeling.”
He lists himself as a married man and a proud parent, living in Georgia at the time of his last entry in December 2007, according to the page.
Anyone with information is asked to call Fergus Falls police at (218) 998-8555.
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