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Kidnapping Victim Thought She 'Was Probably Going to Die'

Posted June 29, 2007
Updated June 30, 2007

— A mother who said she was kidnapped along with her 5-year-old daughter Wednesday is speaking out about what she calls a terrifying ordeal.

“I just thought I was probably going to die,” the woman said. “I didn’t really have any hope that I would survive.”

The woman, who asked that her identity not be revealed, said she and her 5-year-old daughter stopped for pizza at the Tower Shopping Center Wednesday night when they came in contact with Omar Sharpe.

Sharpe, 26, of Wilmington, was arrested Thursday and held under a $4.8 million bond in connection with a recent string of rapes, robberies and kidnappings in Raleigh. He could also face additional charges in Wilmington, authorities there said.

When the woman and her daughter got back in their SUV to leave Wednesday, Sharpe was waiting in the back seat, she said. He pointed a gun at the woman’s head and forced her to drive to an ATM in the shopping center, she said.

She said her biggest concern was for her young daughter. Sharpe was sitting right next to the 5-year-old in the back seat, the woman said.

“He had a gun. My daughter was there. I wasn’t going to do anything to run away, because I wasn’t going to leave my daughter there by herself,” she said.

After about 30 minutes, Sharpe took the cash and let the woman and her daughter go, she said. Police said this was his last crime in a spree that started June 16.

Sharpe later returned to the scene of the crime and officers detained him. The woman said she feels good that he is behind bars.

“I’m still in shock. I still feel like it was a bad dream,” she said.


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  • emory24 Jul 2, 2007

    What is up with this generation and the need to be stupid.

  • livin2dance03 Jul 2, 2007

    I understand how important it is to lock your doors, but all of you who are being judgmental..things happen. There's been times I thought I hit the lock button in my car or on my remote...and apparently it didn't lock. There's been times I accidently hit the unlock button and wasn't aware of it. Little things can happen and unfortunately can turn into something bad. A lot of you act like you are perfect and mistakes never happen with you....get a grip on life. I'm only 22 years old and it seems I have a more realistic view on life than many of you do.

  • Joy4u2 Jul 1, 2007

    hummmm!!! keep my doors lock and when I'm in them I keep them locked but, if they or who pull on my door handel surprize looking down the barrel of a rossie 38 and its leagal. like they say lock you door's look around and be aware at all times.

  • deerslayer Jun 30, 2007

    Thyat scum is going to look mighty pretty in a pink bow and panties..Have a nice life in the happy hotel...

  • All child molesters should die Jun 30, 2007

    Put him 6' under, and be done with the piece of trash.

  • jenstog Jun 30, 2007

    This picture of the suspect winking and flashing the peace sign is disgusting. He truely must be sick in the head.

  • Lookelou Jun 30, 2007

    A little off the subject - I was watching a late night special on life in San Quentin last night. I found it funny - They had 6 different churches for different faiths. They showed these thugs praying and singing - dancing then they would show you life for the prisioner in the exercise yard stabbing each other. Bunch of Hypocrites. What a waste of time to think anything different for most (like criminals changing for the better) PLEASE!

  • FE Jun 30, 2007

    Yup, I predict Mr. Sharpe is going to make MANY new friends in prison. Too bad he did not start his "visit" there earlier.

  • angora Jun 30, 2007

    I see chest-beating threats of what some would do ... get the gun from the glove compartment, take off the safety, turn, and shoot BEFORE he shoots you? Do you think this guy is as unfamiliar with guns as you are? They're something he fools around with on a daily basis. His gun is ready to go. Bragging on using your own gun to "teach this thug a lesson" would only involve your own demise. Get real.

  • Lookelou Jun 30, 2007

    NC - Great point - I a grown man check my back seat before getting in the car all the time. I mean someone in my back seat with a gun I wouldn't stand a chance. I'm glad she's alright but I hope she learned a very valuble lesson.