Sheriff: Mother and child kidnapped for robbery


Investigators said the kidnappers apparently targeted the family because Pam Castain worked at the Crescent State Bank in Sanford.

It began around 6:55 a.m. Thursday when the 12 year old returned to the family home in the 3800 block of Hillmon Grove Road near Cameron after walking the family dog.

When the child came inside, two men wearing dark clothing, face masks, and gloves burst in. One of the men had a pistol.

Castain and her daughter were forced into the family's Honda Civic and were driven to the bank at 870 Spring Lane in Sanford.

Pam Castain was told to enter the bank and get cash while her daughter remained in the car with the kidnappers.

No money was taken, and the kidnappers left with Pam's daughter still in the car.

Deputies said they found the car with the girl in the backseat just off Hwy 15/501 at the entrance to Steel and Pipe Corporation in Sanford.

The child was not hurt.

Bobby Castain, the husband and father to the victims, was among the first Pam called.

"She was crying and trying to explain to me what had happened, that she was forced to be taken," said Bobby. "I was in shock, didn't know what to think."

Meanwhile, the FBI and deputies are still searching for the suspects.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Harnett County Sheriff's Office at (910) 893-9111.

The North Carolina Bankers Association is offering an award in connection with the attempted bank heist.

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