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Two arrested in Philadelphia kidnapping case

James Burns, left, and Edward Johnson are suspects in the case, police said.
James Burns, left, and Edward Johnson are suspects in the case, police said.  

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Acting on a tip, police arrested two men Thursday who are wanted in connection with this week's abduction of a 7-year-old Philadelphia girl.

James Burns, 29, and Edward Johnson, 23, are being treated for injuries following their detention at around 6:30 a.m. EDT, according to Philadelphia police Inspector William Colarulo.

Receiving information that the two were in southwest Philadelphia, detectives and uniformed officers spotted the suspects on a highway.

The family of the 7-year-old girl who escaped from a house where kidnappers were holding her thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers. CNN's Jason Carroll reports. (July 25)

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Burns and Johnson ran from their vehicle and were injured after attempting to flee, police said. The suspects' injuries were described as minor.

Both men were treated at Mercer Hospital and then were expected to be taken to the southwest detectives precinct for questioning and processing. They are expected to be charged with kidnapping, robbery and aggravated assault.

Kidnapping victim Erica Pratt made a daring escape Wednesday from a house where her abductors were holding her.

Erica was kidnapped from southwest Philadelphia on Monday, taken to an abandoned building in the city's northwest section, bound with duct tape and locked in the basement.

The girl freed herself by chewing through the tape, smashing through a door and breaking a window to yell for help, police said.




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