At approximately 8:50 pm Tuesday night, emergency services in the Town of Greece, New York were called to a residence on a report of a home invasion and abduction.
The homeowner, a foster mother for seven children, all under the age of 10-years-old told officers that she had been downstairs in the residence with all seven children upstairs when she heard a front window cracking.
She told officers that she saw two black men wearing ski masks enter through the window. She began to scream which brought two of the children downstairs to check on her. Then men then bound the trio with duct tape and placed some over the homeowner's mouth to stop her from screaming.
The woman then told offers that the men went upstairs and "forcibly removed" 5-year-old Dimitri Cash Jr. and 3-year-old Shekeria Cash from the residence.
The two men stole the keys to the homeowner's van and fled the scene in her vehicle.
Officers recovered the vehicle from White Hall Drive but there was no sign of the children or abductors.
Officers are partnering with the Marshals to in an effort to find the children whom they believe to be in "imminent danger." An Amber Alert was issued as soon as officers were able to compile the information.
Officers described Dimitri as standing 4-feet tall and weighing 50 pounds. He has brown eyes and short black hair and was last seen wearing firetruck or dinosaur pajamas. Shekeria is 3-feet tall and 40 pounds. She has braided black hair, brown eyes and was wearing panda pajamas.
"We believe, based on the investigation, that this was a planned and targeted abduction," Greece Police Chief Andrew Forsythe said during a press conference.
Officers are seeking any possible assistance from the public including surveillance footage. They are asking that anyone with information contact the Greece Police Department at (585) 428-6666 or simply call 911.
“I’m not going to stand up here and say that we know where these guys are, these beautiful little children,” Forsythe said. “We don’t. And we need the help of the public to find them.”
Investigators are also looking to make contact with both of the biological parents of Dimitri and Shekeria. Forsythe stated that the mother really has not been involved in the children's lives as they have been with the foster family for approximately two years.
The father, however, attempted to abduct Dimitri by "force" from his elementary school in the past and according to Forsythe, is facing four misdemeanor charges which are currently working their way through the court system. Forsythe would not say if Dimitri Sr. is a suspect or not, but repeatedly stated that investigators wish to speak with him on this matter.