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Man charged in abduction of 14-year-old girl in Garner

Posted August 16, 2012
Updated August 17, 2012

— A man accused of luring a 14-year-old girl into his ice cream truck and abducting her was charged early Friday with first-degree kidnapping.

Garner police led the handcuffed suspect, Omar Kareem Sellers, 39, out of the station about 7 a.m. after detaining him overnight. Sellers also was charged with statutory rape, statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor.

The incident began early Thursday evening at Avery Square Apartments, where the teen was spending time with other neighborhood kids.

Those children told their parents that a man in an ice cream truck offered to pay the girl to help sell ice cream. At some point, the girl got in the van with the man and left.

Alarmed when she did not return, the girl's relatives heard the accounts from witnesses and called authorities.

Garner police said that she was reported missing around 9 p.m., and witnesses told them that she was possibly kidnapped by someone in a white, conversion-van ice cream truck with colorful polka dots and the Bratz logo. An Amber Alert for her was issued at 10:23 p.m.

A Raleigh police officer stopped a vehicle matching the description on Creech Road and found the girl, Garner police said. She was reunited with her parents, and the alert was canceled around 11 p.m.

The Amber Alert included the teen's name. However, WRAL removed her name after authorities said she had been sexually assaulted.

Police said the girl may have consented to having sex with the man, but under the law a 14-year-old cannot consent.

"Thank God she's safe," relative Tery Davis said. "For anybody else that have kids, keep your eyes on them because right now, times (are) hard. You've got to keep your eyes on every child."

After Sellers was charged and transported from the station in a police cruiser, officers began processing the ice cream van.


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  • foghat001 Aug 17, 2012

    Heh. I doubt that many people are that concerned with your views on the American jury trial system piene2.


    We definitely need to change the laws on how these child predators are dealt with in the U.S. - we are far, far too soft on them.

  • piene2 Aug 17, 2012

    "Death penalty for this one.

    And people wonder why I have no use whatsoever for the American jury trial system?

  • Rebelyell Aug 17, 2012

    But he looks like such a nice guy!

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 17, 2012

    People like this, need to be exterminated. It's sick. They can not change and can bring nothing new to the table. File 13!


  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 17, 2012

    were not victims of pedophiles suffer from lack of trust, low self-RESPECT (self-esteem is an empty concept since esteem is by definition externally sourced), addiction and suicide.- storchheim

    True, but we don't really need anymore of them added to society that may well have led happy & healthy lives were it not for such predators. As far as the medical industry, you are right. We (America) are a 1/4 of the world and yet we use over 40% of prescription drugs world wide. You also need to consider the absolute fact that there is a high statistic of victims of child sexual predators that become sexual predators themselves.....and we certainly don't need anymore of those, we've got plenty of them now.

  • storchheim Aug 17, 2012

    "because trust me, some MAY recover but they will never be the same (trust issues, lowered self esteem, addiction, etc)." - beaulahjackson

    Thanks for a post that was not hysterical, oft-repeated jargon about "little girls". I'd like to point out two things. First, many people who were not victims of pedophiles suffer from lack of trust, low self-RESPECT (self-esteem is an empty concept since esteem is by definition externally sourced), addiction and suicide. No corner on that market.

    Secondly, and less obviously: there's big money to be made by the medical industry, what with pills, therapy, counseling, more pills, and then guess what...the victim is too "disabled" to work because of PTSD. Don't think for a moment that her "counselors" want her to get over whatever happened, quickly. Tara Larson (NC Medicaid, Chief of Operations) has said she wants more and more people on Medicaid in NC.

  • ncno12 Aug 17, 2012

    It is WRONG to blame this little girl for anything!! I know plenty of adult women who are oblivious to the world around them and will fall for anything when their advanced years and common sense should tell them "Stranger Danger!"

    For those of you who say you would NEVER let you child dress provocatively has either never had a daughter or been a girl themselves. I know it's nice to say but it's a little naive. How many kids dress like they are heading off to catholic school just to change at the bus stop and look like they are ready for the night club? Just because you won't buy it for them, doesn't mean that their friends won't let them wear their clothes. Sorry to burst your 1960's lifestyle bubble. This is just another way to blame the VICTIM! STOP! Because of the way a person is dressed DOES NOT give a pervert the right to violate them! A low cut shirt or tight jeans is NOT an invitation to be abused!

  • DivaD Aug 17, 2012

    I'm glad he has been caught..sad case!

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 17, 2012

    Describe "innocence." And why do they never say boys "lose their innocence" after a sexual episode? Oh, right, dumb and delicate all over again, just different packaging.storchheim

    Some children never fully recover from being violated by such predators. I personally think it's worse for males mainly because this sometimes causes them a huge sexual identity crisis. I believe pedophiles murder children s souls, as they so often become predators themselves, have addiction problems and often commit suicide. I do believe that this is what some of the posters are trying to convey when saying "they've lost their childhood" or "innocence"......because trust me, some MAY recover but they will never be the same (trust issues, lowered self esteem, addiction, etc).

  • ncno12 Aug 17, 2012

    This Dude is pretty bright....abduct someone driving a van with polka dots on it. NO ONE would remember that! Wow, glad they caught him and I'll bet this isn't the only thing he's ever done. Hope she gets counseling so that she continue having a productive life.