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Posted on Mon, May 6, 2013 : 12:14 p.m.

Brother of missing Ypsilanti woman: Surveillance camera caught abduction on tape

By Katrease Stafford

The brother of a missing 25-year-old Ypsilanti woman said a surveillance camera at her apartment building captured footage of two men abducting her Monday morning.


Farrah Cook

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Farrah Nicole Cook was reported missing after she didn’t show up for work Monday morning.

Police said officers were dispatched at 5:45 a.m. Monday to a home in the 500 block of South Hamilton Street at the Hamilton Crossing Apartments after receiving a report that a man had forced a woman into a black or very dark blue Pontiac Bonneville. Police originally said the vehicle was a Pontiac Grand Prix.

Dominique Graham, Cook's brother, said the camera footage shows a man he believes to be Cook's ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Jeremy Abston, and another suspect watching Cook get ready for work through the window of her apartment.

"They were looking through the windows and were watching her get ready," Graham said.


Jeremy Abston

Courtesy of YPD

Graham said his sister came out of the building and that's when she was attacked.

"You can see her unlocking her car and that's when the first suspect grabbed her and she was screaming and yelling," Graham said.

The other man was pulling on her and she was screaming for help, Graham said. By the time neighbors who heard the commotion came outside, the men were driving away, he said.

Graham said about 10 people witnessed the abduction.

Graham said Cook has 4-year-old twin girls with Abston and a 3-year-old boy.

Investigators have spoken with Cook’s family and co-workers and were told she did not show up for work and was not at her home. Police are now actively searching for Abston in order to question him about her disappearance.

Police are also seeking a male accomplice, who they believe assisted in abducting Cook, and a female accomplice who is being sought for aiding and abetting. Abston and Cook broke up in the last few weeks, according to police.

Abston’s last known residence is in Ann Arbor and police say he’s considered possibly armed and dangerous. Police believe the vehicle used in the abduction is a dark blue or black Pontiac Bonneville with a rear passenger wheel missing a hubcap and a small amount of rust.

Abston is described as a black man, 5-feet-11 inches tall and weighing between 240 and 250 pounds.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Sgt. Thomas Eberts at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.


music to my ear

Mon, May 6, 2013 : 6:49 p.m.

I just wonder if they are leaving the state with her .amber alerts should be called adult abduction alert when an adult is abducted .I hope he takes into consideration that she is the mother of his children and pray he just wants to talk with her. WE all pray for her safe return.

music to my ear

Mon, May 6, 2013 : 6:50 p.m.

I just red she is safe hadallulah


Mon, May 6, 2013 : 6:29 p.m.

Everyone be on the look out! This type of behavior cannot and WILL NOT be accepted. I can't wait to read about these two guys spending YEARS behind bars. Even if she's unhurt.

Little Patience

Mon, May 6, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

I hope that she is found safe. Thoughts are with her family.


Mon, May 6, 2013 : 5:28 p.m.

Where is the alleged video tape? You keep alluding to it and then nary a word as to where it is, a link or if it will be released. Tsk tsk

Kyle Mattson

Mon, May 6, 2013 : 8:18 p.m.

Rice, this event unfolded just this morning, although I'm sure everyone would be interested in viewing the video we need to let officials do their job before jumping to immediate requests like that.

Katrease Stafford

Mon, May 6, 2013 : 4:37 p.m.

Police originally released information saying the suspect vehicle was a Pontiac Grand Prix, but they have just notified us they are actually looking for a Pontiac Bonneville. I have updated the story with the correct information.


Mon, May 6, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

This is awful!!! I hope they let her go!


Mon, May 6, 2013 : 4:21 p.m.

I hope this young woman is found quickly and is not harmed. I'll keep my eye out for that vehicle!