Man jailed after abducting, sexually assaulting Ferndale teen found dead in cell

Authorities say Khalil Floyd died by suicide in jail cell

Khalil Floyd, 44, and Jessica Quick, 44, both from Ferndale, face several felony charges after allegedly abducting a Ferndale High School student at a gas station on Nov. 17, 2021, taking her elsewhere and assaulting and sexually assaulting her.

A man charged with abducting a teenager in Ferndale and sexually assaulting her in November was found dead in his jail cell Wednesday, according to authorities.

Khalil Floyd, 44, was found dead in his jail cell in Oakland County on May 4, and is believed to have died by suicide, officials report. The man was facing several charges in connection with the kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl at a Ferndale gas station last year.

On Nov. 17, 2021, a couple abducted a Ferndale High School student at gunpoint as she was pumping gas at a station on 8 Mile Road in Ferndale, according to reports from Ferndale police and the FBI. The couple -- identified as Floyd and 44-year-old Jessica Quick -- reportedly forced the girl into the back of her vehicle, and then drove her to an undisclosed house where they tortured and sexually assaulted her. The girl was abducted for more than five hours.

Police were notified that the teenager was missing after her friends noticed that she did not return for class. The teen was reportedly on a break, which is common, and was allowed to leave campus because she has a car.

When they realized something was wrong, the friends called the girl’s parents, who then contacted authorities. During a news conference last year, Ferndale police chief Dennis Emmi said that the friends’ “instincts and their actions helped us recover (the teen) safely and find the suspects involved.”

Ferndale police, the FBI and a special task force reportedly worked together to track down the missing girl. Authorities were able to successfully rescue the teen.

Floyd and Quick, both Ferndale residents, were arrested and charged in connection with the abduction.

Floyd was facing eight counts of felony firearm, eight counts of armed robbery, torture, unlawful imprisonment and criminal sex conduct. Quick has been charged with aiding in a kidnapping, aiding in a robbery and unlawful imprisonment.

Officials say the couple was at the gas station and committed a “crime of opportunity” after spotting the teen.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that Floyd had been found dead in his jail cell, and was believed to have hanged himself. No other details have been provided at this time.

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