Self defense school in Ferndale holds session to teach teens how to protect themselves

Teen abducted at gunpoint, assaulted by couple

In the wake of a terrifying abduction in Ferndale, the Local 4 Defenders revela ways teens can spot trouble and avoid it.

FERNDALE, Mich. – On Friday, authorities revealed details on their investigation into the abduction of a teenager in Ferndale, who had since been safely recovered.

Ferndale police and the FBI said a Ferndale High School senior was abducted at gunpoint on Wednesday while at a gas station during school hours.

Police said the 16-year-old girl was pumping gas at a station on 8 Mile Road when a couple approached her and forced her into their vehicle at gunpoint.

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Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley spoke to an expert with Detroit Urban Survival Training (DUST) in Ferndale to find out what steps teens can take to protect themselves. Teens were able to learn survival skills over the weekend at the training center.

Dale Brown and his wife Mirela Brown own Detroit Urban Survival Training.

“When I heard about this abduction the first thing I thought was, ‘This is why we teach,’” Dale Brown said.

The couple held a class over the weekend to teach teens skills on how to fight back from attackers.

Police said Kahlil Floyd, the man accused of abducting the Ferndale teen, first tried to talk her up in the gas station. Dale Brown said the response is all about attitude.

“The person engages you, they’re actually assessing you at that point. They’re doing an assessment. That’s why they’re talking to you in the gas station. Their job then is to determine if you’re a good candidate to be abducted,” Dale Brown said. " So, what you’re gonna wanna do is project strength. You wanna say, in a very positive and strong way, ‘No thank you. I’m not interested.’”

The couple taught everyone how to grab a gun and twist.

“We show you how to take it so you can remove the weapon,” Dale Brown said. “All you’re doing is increasing someone’s potential for survivability in a worst case scenario.”

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About the Authors:

Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been with Local 4 News for more than a decade.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.