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Authorities Arrest Woman In Apex Kidnapping

Posted December 20, 2005

— A suspect wanted in connection with a kidnapping case has been arrested and investigators say they are closing in on two other suspects wanted in connection with the case.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that Durham authorities arrested 24-year-old Margaret Singletary around 11 p.m. Monday and charged her with first-degree kidnapping.

Wake County deputies believe Singletary was involved in the Dec. 18 kidnapping of Vernon Harris II, who was taken from a relative's home on the 3000 block of Holland Road in Apex. Harris was later returned after his family paid a ransom.

While authorities did not disclose the amount of ransom, Harris' cousin, Tom Evans, said he believed the amount was about $80,000.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said that even though his office did not usually meet ransom demands, he said he wanted investigators to be involved.

"We tried to explain to (the family) both ways how it could play out, may not be the best of endings," Harris said. "But if it comes down to it, we want to work with the family as much as we can."

Harris would not talk anymore about the case or why kidnappers may have targeted Harris.

Singletary is in the Wake County Jail on a $1 million bond. Authorities are still looking for at least two other suspects in connection with the case.


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