A missing Ohio EMT embroiled in a rape case limped into a convenience store Thursday after escaping kidnappers who tried to burn her alive, according to a report.
Lachelle Jordan, 30, was found alive around 11 p.m. and was “conveyed to the Cleveland Clinic for medical treatment,” city police confirmed.
Surveillance footage obtained by Cleveland 19 shows a tattered and barefooted Jordan slowly limping into the Open Pantry convenience store in the Collinwood neighborhood.
The exhausted mother of two walks up to the store counter and slaps both hands on the plexiglass barrier before reportedly telling the worker kidnappers had tried to kill her.
Jordan asks for a phone and promptly calls 911 for help.
“You will never believe it. We got a call from Lachelle Jordan,” a dispatcher told responding police.
“She said she got away from people that kidnapped her. They tried to burn her alive.”
The store clerk told the outlet Jordan “looked nervous, very tired, and like someone [fought] with her,” adding that her shirt was ripped and looked as though it had been burned.
Jordan had been missing for five days when she turned up at the convenience store.
The EMT vanished after she went outside “to get something from her car that was parked on the street” on Saturday — two days before she was expected to testify in the rape trial of a man accused of stalking her.
She was due to attend a pretrial hearing on Monday in a case involving Michael Stennett, a longtime youth baseball coach charged with two counts of rape and one count of abduction in May 2022.
Jordan had reported the 65-year-old for stalking her on at least three different occasions, including two days before she disappeared. She also claimed a female friend of Stennett’s had stalked her and tried to run her off the road.
Jordan’s twin sister Rachelle, who had been staying with her, said a window in the home was shot through at about 6 a.m. the day Jordan went missing.
Stennett was charged Monday with one felony count of menacing by stalking and one felony count of violating a protection order while committing a felony. He is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
It is unclear whether Stennett or his female friend are connected to Jordan’s kidnapping.
Cleveland police have offered few details about the case and did not immediately respond to request for comment.