Raleigh kidnapping victim found safe in Durham

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- A kidnapping victim from Raleigh was found hours later in Durham, according to an alert sent to NC State students.

The Raleigh Police Department said two people were targeted in a kidnapping off Gorman Street near South Campus around 10 p.m. Sunday. Neither of the targets was NC State students or even affiliated with the university.

Investigators said one of the kidnapping targets ran away successfully but the second target was forced into a white Chevrolet SUV. Durham Police Department later found that person unharmed.

Police said two men were responsible for the kidnapping, both wore black ski masks. One of them had a semi-automatic handgun.

Neighbors told ABC11 that the suspects tried to abduct a man and a woman who lived at an apartment on Gorman Street, The man was able to escape, but the woman was physically restrained and later found in Durham.

One neighbor said he's not sure what to make of all of this.

Honestly, I'm not sure," said Noah Snyder. "I work around here, so I'm a little worried about crime going on. Honestly just stay safe, keep the door locked, and make sure nothing happens to us or the puppy or anything."

Raleigh Police told ABC11 that detectives do not think this was a random incident.

Though the targets were not students, the incident took place just a couple blocks away and police remind students not to walk alone, stay on lit paths -- and when you're out and about, don't look down at your phone or be wearing headphones that can hinder your awareness of the surroundings.
Anyone with information about the kidnapping is asked to call RPD at (919) 878-3561.
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