Fourth kidnapping, armed robbery has community on edge

September 27, 2013 8:08:42 PM PDT
Police say an armed man kidnapped a woman in Wake County Thursday evening, and drove her to an ATM.

The woman was kidnapped around 8:45 p.m. at a home in the 5000 block of Stoneridge Drive. Police said the woman was forced into her own car and driven to a shopping center in 3200 block of Edwards Mill Road.

The woman managed to escape and the kidnapper, who was wearing a ski mask, drove off in her car. She then called police from a restaurant.

"He kept telling me if I didn't do everything he told me that he would kill me and he had a gun," said the woman to a 911 dispatcher. "I went home tonight and it was very dark out there. I got in my car (inaudible) right up to the door with a gun and said he was going to kill me."

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There have been a series of similar incidents in Raleigh in the past week.

The first happened at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 22. Police say a couple walking on Pleasant Valley Road were approached by a man armed with a handgun. The male victim was assaulted and the suspect took a purse belonging to the woman.

The second incident happened at about 11:50 p.m. on Sept. 22. Police say a woman was approached when she got out of her vehicle after parking it in her apartment complex's parking lot in the 4300 block of Furman Hall.

The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, forced the victim back into her vehicle and ordered her to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash. He later ordered her out of the vehicle in the vicinity of the I-40 and Wade Avenue and drove away in the vehicle.

Sept. 23 around 10:30 p.m., a woman was approached by an armed suspect as she was between her vehicle and her residence in the 1000 block of Collins Drive. She screamed, and when her husband opened a door to investigate, the suspect forced the woman inside the house, held both victims at gunpoint, and stole money and jewelry from them.

The suspect then ordered them into their vehicle, demanded they drive to an ATM to remove cash, and then told them to go back to their residence, where he stole electronic items before ordering the victims back into the vehicle. They drove away again, but the suspect told the victims to get out of the vehicle a short distance away, and the suspect then drove away in it.

The suspect in the cases is described as a black male who stands about 6 feet tall and has a medium build. During the first two robberies he was wearing a black motorcycle helmet with a full-face shield, black motorcycle style jacket, black pants, black shoes, and black gloves. While committing the third crime, the suspect wore all black except for an orange and yellow zip-up jacket with a turtle neck that covered much of his face.

To add to the tension being felt in the area, there was an incident involving a suspicious man Friday around 5:17 a.m. in the 4400 block of Touchstone Forest Drive, which is near Thursday night's incident.

When police arrived, the man fled in his car but crashed nearby, jumped and ran. Police later arrested him.

Police say that man has not been linked to the pattern of kidnappings and armed robberies in the area this week.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the kidnapping and armed robbery cases should call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org.

The North Carolina Bankers Association has offered a $5,000 reward in the cases. Click here for more.

Police say the bottom line is to be aware of your surroundings at all time.

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