Woman kidnapped, robbed from store parking lot

August 14, 2008 2:46:38 PM PDT
Ann Marie Copelin says three women pointed a gun at her head and kidnapped her.Police investigators are reviewing security camera video from the Wal-Mart parking lot where Copelin was kidnapped. She says she only hopes parking lot security cameras got a better look at her attackers than she did.

It happened Tuesday night around 10 p.m. at the Wal-Mart in the 4600-block of Ramsey Street. They grabbed the 60-year-old grandmother while she was putting groceries in her car.

"I just can't imagine doing anything like that to anybody," Copelin said. "When they stuck the gun in the back of my head I didn't even hardly breathe I was so scared."

Copelin says she was kidnapped while she was loading groceries into her car. She says three women forced her into her car demanding money.

"They put the gun to the back of my head and said they wanted cash. I told them all I had was $18," Copelin said.

She says the suspect made her drive to an ATM on Rowan Street, ordered her at gunpoint to give them her pin numbers, and used her debit card to withdraw cash.

The 40 minutes of terror ended near the intersection of Mechanic and Moore Streets, when the suspects threw her car keys to the floor and fled, taking more than just her money.

"And they ripped my rings off my fingers. My husband is deceased they took my wedding rings, then they took a ring my mother gave me when I was a kid," she said."They took my self esteem."

Through it all Copelin says she prayed they wouldn't kill her, and says her faith touched one of the kidnappers.

"When she got out she said, 'you prayed that we would not kill you, God answered your prayer' and she said, 'I think you must be a Christian, will you pray for me?'" Copelin said.

Copelin says they made off with about 500 in cash, a GPS in her car and her jewelry. All three female suspects fled on foot.

Copelin could only give police partial descriptions of her attackers.

Investigators need the public's help, they asking anyone with information to call the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1896 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 483-TIPS/483-8477.


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